At USA Today, Adam Sylvain reports on a growing cybercrime trend:
Theft of Internet service is on the rise, and experts say only a few of the culprits are being caught.
Many of the tech-savvy thieves get their free-ride through IP theft — the stealing of another person’s paid Internet access by tapping into their home router or cable modem. When someone uses your Internet connection for illegal activity, it could leave you as the unwitting target of a police investigation.
The problem is growing even bigger than home modems. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski called “IP hijacking” of large amounts of Web traffic one of the top three biggest cybersecurity threats facing the Internet.
That’s how many fake websites are created by cybercriminals each week, according to a new investigation (via Security Week). The top site mimicked in order to bilk consumers? eBay, with Western Union close behind.
A hacker from Boston has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his online shenanigans. Reports eWeek:
Matthew Weigman, 19, also known as “Little Hacker,” was accused of being part of a gang of telephone hackers that made more than 60 fake emergency calls and broke into the phone network to make it appear as though the calls came from somewhere else.
Weigman pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to retaliate against a witness, victim or informant as well as one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. According to Wired, which has interviewed Weigman in the past about his activities, the FBI had been chasing the hacker since he was 15, and at times treated him as an informant. As part of his plea, he admitted to conspiring with other hackers to place bogus emergency calls that sent SWAT units to the homes of their unsuspecting victims.
Curious footnote: Weigman is blind.