U.S. Department of Justice - CyberCrime.gov Archived - News Releases 2008

2008 News Releases (PDF)


First Indictment Filed Under Telephone "Pretexting" Statute (December 30, 2008)

"Chinese Connection" Defendant Pleads Guilty in Ralsky Spam and Stock Fraud Conspiracy (December 16, 2008)

Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Large-scale Copyright Fraud with Large Forfeiture of Assets (December 4, 2008)

Multi-million Dollar Home Equity Line of Credit, Identity Theft and Computer Intrusion Ring Busted (November 24, 2008)

Three Plead Guilty to Bank-Fraud Conspiracy (November 20, 2008)

Juvenile Computer Hacker Pleads Guilty (November 18, 2008)

Former Massachusetts Inmate Arrested for Hacking Prison Computer to Access Prison Management Program (November 6, 2008)

Former IT Manager Sentenced to Prison for Hacking into Previous Employer’s Computer System and Causing Damage (November 3, 2008)

San Jose Woman Charged with Fraud in Connection with a Protected Computer (October 30, 2008)

Hacker Charged with Providing Data Theft Tool in National Identity Theft Case (October 29, 2008)

New Jersey Man Charged with Attacking Church Of Scientology Websites in the Name of ‘Anonymous’ (October 17, 2008)

Second Guilty Plea Entered in Ralsky Spam Conspiracy (October 17, 2008)

Seven Members of Romanian Organized Crime Group Indicted in International Wire Fraud Scheme (October 16, 2008)

Lansing Spammer Pleads Guilty (October 14, 2008)

Vice President of Sales of Minnesota Computer Equipment Company Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Defraud Cisco of Computer Networking Equipment: Faris Fraudulently Conspired to Obtain over $400,000 in Equipment From Cisco Under the SMARTnet Service Contract Program (October 10, 2008)

Former Connecticut State Trooper Pleads Guilty to Improperly Accessing a Government Computer (October 9, 2008)

Computer Hacker Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison (October 7, 2008)

Romanian National Pleads Guilty to Possessing Unauthorized Credit Cards Numbers, Identity Theft (October 7, 2008)

San Diego Man Arraigned on Intentionally Damaging Computers Charge after Accessing Former Employer's Network and Defacing Web Page (October 7, 2008)

San Diego Area Teacher Arraigned on Computer Hacking Charges for Gaining Unauthorized Access to E-mail Accounts of School Employees and for Reading Their Email (October 6, 2008)

Two European Men Charged with Conspiring to Launch Cyberattacks against Websites of Two U.S. Companies (October 2, 2008)

Auburn Man Indicted for Online Extortion (October 1, 2008)

Former Bridgeport Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Claims for Tax Refunds and Computer Fraud (September 25, 2008)

Man Charged with Intentionally Causing Damage to a Protected Computer and Four Counts of Extortion (September 22, 2008)

TJX Data Theft Conspirator Pleads Guilty (September 22, 2008)

PSU-Harrisburg Student Sentenced after Making Threats on Myspace (September 18, 2008)

Washington State Woman Sentenced to 13 Months' Imprisonment for Role in Theft of Funds (September 11, 2008)

Federal Jury Convicts Shreveport Stockbroker for Internet Threats (September 10, 2008)

West Haven Man Involved in Email Phishing and Spamming Scheme Sentenced to Two Years in Prison (September 10, 2008)

Malaysia Resident Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Role in International Online Brokerage Scheme (September 8, 2008)

Computer Tech Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft of Calpine Corporation Executive (September 2, 2008)

Sacramento Man Sentenced for Using the Internet to Send Threatening Emails (August 29, 2008)

Greenville Man Sentenced to Prison for Computer Hacking (August 28, 2008)

Prison Terms Imposed In Access Device Fraud Case (August 28, 2008)

Man Admits Six Flags Computer Sabotage (August 26, 2008)

Former Television News Anchor Pleads Guilty to Computer Crime (August 22, 2008)

Brazilian Man Charged in Conspiracy to Infect More Than 100,000 Computers Worldwide with Malicious Software (August 21, 2008)

KC Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud (August 19, 2008)

Mastermind of Elaborate Internet "Phishing" Scheme Sentenced to Seven Years in Federal Prison (August 14, 2008)

Fact Sheet: Department of Justice Efforts to Combat Cyber Crimes (August 5, 2008)

Retail Hacking Ring Charged for Stealing and Distributing Credit and Debit Card Numbers from Major U.S. Retailers: More Than 40 Million Credit and Debit Card Numbers Stolen (August 5, 2008)

Romanian Citizen Admits Role in International Phishing Scheme (July 22, 2008)

Digital Currency Business E-gold Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering and Illegal Money Transmitting Charges (July 21, 2008)

Former Television News Anchor Charged with Computer Crime (July 21, 2008)

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison in Massive AOL Spam Scheme (July 15, 2008)

Charges for "Trading with the Enemy" and Unauthorized Access to a Protected Computer (July 15, 2008)

Largo Man Sentenced for Stealing Consumer Information (July 10, 2008)

Former City of Newark Technology Contractor Admits Defrauding Cisco Systems of Millions of Dollars (July 2, 2008)

Four Defendants Sentenced on Aggravated Identity Theft and Computer Fraud Charges (June 30, 2008)

Individuals Named in Swatting Conspiracy Charged with Obstruction of Justice (June 27, 2008)

Maple Grove Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Identity Theft (June 27, 2008)

Wyoming Man Charged with Infecting Thousands of Computers with ‘Trojan’ that He Used to Commit Fraud (June 27, 2008)

Former Employee Indicted for Intentional Damage to Webhosting Data (June 26, 2008)

Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing Fake IDs (June 25, 2008)

Houston Resident Indicted on Computer Hacking Charge (June 24, 2008)

Man Arrested for Stealing Identities from Internet Gambling Site for Large Identity Theft Ring (June 23, 2008)

Romanian National Returned to U.S. to Face Charges (June 13, 2008)

New York Woman Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Internet Fraud Scheme (June 12, 2008)

International Computer "Hacker" Sentenced to More Than Three Years in Federal Prison (June 11, 2008)

Computer Hacker Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Two Years in Federal Prison (June 10, 2008)

Ohio Resident Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison and Ordered to Pay Almost $2 Million in Restitution to Cisco Systems, Inc (June 10, 2008)

California Man Sentenced to Over 5 Years' Imprisonment for Computer Hacking Conviction (June 9, 2008)

Three Individuals Indicted by Federal Grand Jury with Conspiracy to Exceed Authorized Access of a Government Computer (June 5, 2008)

Indictment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Charges of Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, Access Device Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft, Bank Fraud, Computer Fraud, and Obstruction of Justice (June 3, 2008)

Tucson Man Sentenced to over 5 Years in Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft (June 3, 2008)

Plumas Lake Man Charged with Computer Fraud: Internet Scheme Used to Steal Micro-Deposits (May 28, 2008)

Plumas Lake Man Charged with Computer Fraud (May 28, 2008)

Man Pleads Guilty in Blast Fax Fraud Case (May 22, 2008)

38 Individuals in U.S. and Romania Charged in Two Related Cases of Computer Fraud involving International Organized Crime: International Law Enforcement Cooperation Leads to Disruption of Organized Crime Ring Operating in U.S. and Romania (May 19, 2008)

Missouri Woman Indicted on Charges of Using Myspace to ‘Cyber-Bully’ 13-year-old Who Later Committed Suicide (May 15, 2008)

Hackers Indicted for Stealing Credit and Debit Card Numbers from National Restaurant Chain (May 12, 2008)

KC Man Indicted for Cyberstalking (May 9, 2008)

Military Computer Contractor Pleads to Unauthorized Access to Military Database and Id Theft (May 2, 2008)

One of Colorado’s Largest Internet Spammers Sentenced to Federal Prison (April 28, 2008)

Former Anniston Army Depot Employee Pleads Guilty to Computer Fraud and Theft (April 24, 2008)

Nigerian Man Pleads Guilty and Is Sentenced to 18 Months by Nigerian Court for Computer Intrusion in the United States (April 22, 2008)

Information Security Consultant Pleads Guilty to Federal Wiretapping and Identity Theft Charges (April 16, 2008)

Foreign National Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Hotel Business Center Computer Fraud Scheme (April 11, 2008)

Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Hacking Former Employer’s Computer System (April 9, 2008)

St. Stephen Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault, Fraud, Witness Tampering and Extortion Scheme (April 7, 2008)

Five Men Charged in Software Piracy Conspiracy (April 2, 2008)

Former Information Technology Employee of Pentastar Aviation Sentenced for Computer Intrusion and Destroying Payroll and Personnel Records (March 20, 2008)

West Haven Man Involved in Email Phishing and Spamming Scheme Pleads Guilty (March 18, 2008)

Seattle Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for ID Theft Scheme That Used Computer File Sharing Programs: First Conviction in the Country Involving Peer to Peer File Sharing Programs (March 17, 2008)

International Computer “Hacker” Convicted in Federal Court (March 6, 2008)

KC Man Sentenced for Computer Hacking (March 4, 2008)

Indonesian Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison for Hacking into Hotel Business Kiosks and Stealing Credit Card Data (March 3, 2008)

David U. Haltinner Sentenced to 50 Months of Imprisonment for Selling Approximately 637,000 Stolen Credit Card Numbers (February 26, 2008)

Chinese Chemist Indicted for Theft of Trade Secrets (February 21, 2008)

IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Charge of Unauthorized Access to a Government Computer (February 14, 2008)

Bakersfield Law Student Sentenced in Email Harassment Scheme (February 13, 2008)

Ohio Man charged in scheme to obtain $1.9 million in equipment from Cisco under SMARTnet Service Contract Program (February 11, 2008)

Young ‘ Botherder’ Pleads Guilty to Infecting Military Computers and Fraudulently Installing Adware (February 11, 2008)

Fairfax County Police Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Computer Access (January 31, 2008)

KC Woman, Man Indicted for Computer Crime, Identity Theft (January 16, 2008)

Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force: Berlin Man Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion (January 15, 2008)

Five Years in Prison for Takeover of Online Bank Account (January 14, 2008)

Evansville Man Sentenced to Prison for Computer Intrusion (January 10, 2008)

Norcross Man Sentenced for Hacking Cox Communications’ Computer and Telecommunications System: Former Employee’s Intrusion Shut Down Services in Texas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge (January 10, 2008)

Former Systems Administrator Gets 30 Months in Prison for Planting "Logic Bomb" in Company Computers (January 8, 2008)

Vancouver Resident Sentenced in Internet Fraud Case: Edwin Garcia Is Sentenced for Internet High-yield Investment Scam and Money Laundering (January 8, 2008)

Former Assistant Bank Branch Manager Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers: Unauthorized $50,000 Deposit into Personal Account Was to Cover Gambling Losses (January 4, 2008)


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