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Hacker Hunters. Plug-In B6 p.341 Matt Spindler CIS 429. What are Hacker Hunters?. New type of crime-fighter Job is to crack down on internet criminals Track down email and business scams Protect people from crimes. Internet Crime Complaint Center. http://ic3.gov A division of the FBI - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Hacker HuntersPlug-In B6 p.341Matt SpindlerCIS 429

  • What are Hacker Hunters?New type of crime-fighterJob is to crack down on internet criminalsTrack down email and business scamsProtect people from crimes

  • Internet Crime Complaint Centerhttp://ic3.govA division of the FBITakes complaints from citizens and presents them to the proper agencyMost are handled by the FBI or Secret Service

  • Helps to Take Down Cyber CriminalsHelped Take Down Romanian eBay scam.Group set up fake accounts selling products that were never delivered

  • Was created in 2004 to create a joint task force to crack down on cyber crimeFBIDepartment of JusticeSecret ServicePostal Inspection ServiceFederal Trade CommissionImmigration and Customs Enforcement

  • Operation FirewallOne of the largest international cyber crime operationsTook down the cybercrime group ShadowCrewReported to have over 4000 members

  • ShadowCrewStole credit card information for personal use and sale.Helped create fake identification to allow people to use stolen credit cardsReported to have made over $4 million in two yearsGot most card information through email phishing scams

  • ShadowcrewThey were able to access over 12 companies networks and steal credit card informationMost companies who were cracked never knew information was stolenOne member Scarface sold 115,695 credit card numbers in a single transaction

  • How they got caughtOne high level member, a US citizen was caught and arrested, he turned into an informant.They set up a VPN service for the leadership to use and tracked all their information.The informant was believed to be trustworthy so many used his gateway

  • The arrest of ShadowCrewOn a sunday night a joint operation between 8 states and 6 countries performed a raid on 28 homes arresting all the leadership of ShadowCrew.This was all timed so that the others could not give warnings over instant message for some to escape.


  • What types of technology could big retailers use to prevent identity thieves from purchasing merchandise?Cards with RFID and Pin Numbers (popular in the UK)

  • What can Organizations do to protect themselves from hackers looking to steal account data?Restrict access to only those necessaryRequire more difficult passwordsHigher quality firewall and security systems

  • Authorities frequently tap online service providers to track down hackers. Do you think is it ethical for authorities to tap an online service provider and read peoples e-mail?It is ethical and important for authorities to have access to criminal activity via e-mail or normal internet use. But it must be accessed by a warrant issued by a judge. It is unethical to access everyones information looking for any crime without prior suspicion.

  • Do you think it was ethical for authorities to use one of the high-ranking officials to trap other gang members?The use of a lighter sentence for those who cooperate with authorities is a long standing tradition. This is how cases are made and witnesses are found to take down a criminal organization.

  • Research the best way to protect yourself from identity theft.Monitor your credit reportKeep track of your bank and credit card recordsDo not volunteer any private information via emailShred any paperwork with personal informationNever use a credit card on a nonsecure siteUse a STRONG password

  • Current InformationMost crimes being reported to the IC3 are about email phishing scams.Because of social networking people are starting to lose their safety and privacy on the net.Personal questions used to recover passwords can be found on these sites and this is increasing cases of theft.

  • Very Current InformationMilitary secrets regarding Marine One were stolen from a defense contractorAuthorities have traced the file to IranThe file was stolen because an employee was running a P2P program on a company computer to download music