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Episode 36: Cybercrime: Max Butler

Case File

Cybercrime: Max Butler

  • The Iceman
  • Max Butler is the don of the digital under underworld. He's a computer genius and an accomplished hacker. As a teenager he hacked for fun, but Butler turned his skill into a lucrative career.
  • The Career
  • Butler works as a computer security consultant. He enjoys an almost celebrity status among the hacking elite. He's so good, the FBI asks for his help. He hacks into systems and finds weak spots in security. But life as a "white hat hacker" isn't exciting enough for Max Butler.
  • The Crime
  • Butler breaks into private networks and steals credit card numbers. Greed has gotten the best of him. He wants more. He steals from banks, credit unions and even other hackers. Before it's over, Butler will become the undisputed king of a multi-million dollar Internet crime spree.

Web Extras

  • America’s Riskiest Cities for Cyber Crime Monday, 3 May 2010 | 9:28 AM ET
    Is your city more likely than others to fall prey to cyber crime?  Symantec Corporation, one of the world’s largest makers of antivirus software and the independent research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces, collaborated on a report that ranks the top 50 cities most at risk for cyber crime.The rankings are based on anumber of factors, including cyber crimes reported, level of Internet access, expenditures on computer hardware and software, wireless hotspots, broadband connectivity, Internet usage and

    Is your city more likely than others to fall prey to cyber crime? Click to find out.

  • Cybercrime     Monday, 3 May 2010 | 12:00 AM ET

    What is the easiest way to protect yourself against identity theft? Matthew Geiger, operational lead for the forensics team at CERT (The Computer Emergency Response Team), offers common sense advice.

  • Identity Theft     Monday, 3 May 2010 | 12:01 AM ET

    FBI Special Agent Keith Mularksi discusses how carder forums operate.

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