Red Deer man arrested in international cyber crime ring

  • Jul. 25, 2012 3:37 p.m.

A Red Deer man has been arrested in connection with an international cyber crime takedown.

On July 2 local RCMP assisted the Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI from Southern New York by arresting Eric Bogle, 23, of Red Deer. He was one of two Canadians charged and was arrested on a warrant issued in the U.S.

Red Deer City RCMP also executed a search warrant on a residence in Eastview on their behalf.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Janice K. Fedarcyk, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently announced the largest coordinated international law enforcement action in history directed at ‘carding’ crimes – offenses in which the Internet is used to traffic in and exploit the stolen credit card, bank account, and other personal identification information of hundreds of thousands of victims globally.

In a news release, it states the coordinated action – involving 13 countries including the United States – resulted in 24 arrests, including the domestic arrests of 11 individuals by federal and local authorities in the United States, and the arrests of 13 individuals abroad by foreign law enforcement in seven countries. In addition, the federal and local authorities, and authorities overseas, conducted more than 30 subject interviews, and executed more than 30 search warrants.

Police said the undercover operation protected over 400,000 potential cyber crime victims and prevented over $205 million in losses.

This result stems from a two-year undercover operation led by the FBI that was designed to locate cybercriminals, investigate and expose them, and disrupt their activities.

“From New York to Norway and Japan to Australia, Operation Card Shop targeted sophisticated, highly organized cyber criminals involved in buying and selling stolen identities, exploited credit cards, counterfeit documents, and sophisticated hacking tools. Spanning four continents, the two-year undercover FBI investigation is the latest example of our commitment to rooting out rampant criminal behaviour on the Internet,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk. “Cyber crooks trade contraband and advance their schemes online with impunity, and they will only be stopped by law enforcement’s continued vigilance and cooperation. Today’s arrests cause significant disruption to the underground economy and are a stark reminder that masked IP addresses and private forums are no sanctuary for criminals and are not beyond the reach of the FBI.”

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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