Feds Out-Hack Russian Hackers

    Date15 May 2002
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3473
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Even for the FBI, it was an audacious sting, reports CBS News Correspondent Wyatt Andrews. With the help of some new computer spying software, FBI agents were able to out-hack a pair of Russian hackers who had stolen thousands of . . . Even for the FBI, it was an audacious sting, reports CBS News Correspondent Wyatt Andrews. With the help of some new computer spying software, FBI agents were able to out-hack a pair of Russian hackers who had stolen thousands of credit card numbers and broken into Web sites like Pay Pal, the leading online bill payer, and online auctioneer eBay.

    The challenge, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Floyd Short, was that the suspects, Alexei Ivanov and Vasily Gorshkov, were Russians. And their server - where Short says they kept thousands of stolen credit card numbers - was also in Russia.

    The game -- which was successful -- was for authorities in Seattle, Wash. to steal the passwords and codes to the Russians' server in Russia.

    "Gorshkov went on the Internet," said Floyd. "We obtained the name of the server in Russia, his user name and his password. ... It was critical to the case.''

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