[NetBehaviour] Confessions of a Cybermule.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Jul 30 17:55:56 CEST 2006

Confessions of a Cybermule.

By Kim Zetter - wired.com

John Dillinger was a bank robber whose tool of trade was a machine gun. 
But in today's cybercrime era, the weapon of choice for "John Dillinger" 
is an MSR206, a card-writing machine used for encoding bank account 
numbers and other data onto the magnetic stripe of bank credit and debit 

John Dillinger is the online nick of a 44-year-old bank card thief who 
says he's stolen about $150,000 in the last two years using 
debit-account and PIN numbers obtained through hacking and phishing scams.

In March, he was one of many thieves who struck Bank of America, 
Citibank, Wells Fargo and other banks and credit unions in a cash-out 
operation that made national headlines and involved stolen debit-account 
and PIN numbers taken from a hacked database.

According to Dillinger, he obtained at least 450 numbers from a Russian 
hacker he met online, then used them to withdraw thousands of dollars 
from ATM machines before banks canceled the cards and issued new ones to 

Dillinger, a drug addict and former prostitute in Southern California, 
was arrested last month on charges unrelated to the cash-out operation. 
It's unclear whether he'll be charged for the cashing, although he's 
spoken openly about his activities with many people.


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