Operating out of an apartment in Kiev, Ukraine, Egor Shevelev, aka "Eskalibur," advertised on multiple Internet forums devoted to cybercrime that he had "millions" of stolen credit card account numbers for sale. Five thousand miles away in Brooklyn, N.Y., Douglas Latta and Anna Ciano agreed to buy nearly 1,000 of those numbers and then proceeded to purchase laptops, Apple products, designer handbags, and video game consoles that they turned around and sold on EBay.
They also purchased stolen personal information, including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, online usernames and passwords to set up additional bogus credit cards. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance prosecuted the case.
"That information is packaged and sold on the black market, which is sort of a dark, shadowy, international market of identity theft thieves who are scattered all over the world, who communicate in code and who buy and sell this for money," Vance said.
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