37 arrested in massive FBI cyber sting operation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved in a massive online sting operation that has now led to the arrest of 37 people today all over the world. ABCNews.com reports that a number of the people arrested were based in the US, including three in New York City and several in California and other locations.

The story says that the FBI set up their own website in 2010 to lure their suspects. A number of them allegedly traded stolen credit cards in the FBI-run online forum, along with other information such as driver licenses and more. The FBI, working with other law enforcement authorities, then arrested the suspects in 12 countries on four continents.

Reuters reports that just one of the three people arrested in New York City has been identified so far. Joshua Hicks, who also goes by the online handle "OxideDox," alledgedly bought 15 stolen credit card accounts on the FBI's sting website from an undercover agent. He has been charged one count of access device fraud.

More details about the online sting are expected to be revealed later today. One unnamed source said that this operation could have prevented "hundreds of millions of dollars" from being stolen.

Source: ABCNews.com

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@ Jbenisek "I have family a teacher who had her information leaked 7 times last year by government agency's"

If that wee me I'd be suing the shoes off those govt agencies

Who wants to bet the FBI sold the CC to the thief's in the first place to stop the bigger CC thief's but in the end the CC were used to buy off congress. Oh wait I'm sorry those were guns they sold and it was PEOPLE that were killed by them. How about the FBI spends their time stopping Credit card leaks from GOVERNMENT agency's. http://www.deathandtaxesmag.co...arnings-targeted-fbi-agent/ I have family a teacher who had her information leaked 7 times last year by government agency's. It's a joke they had to setup a fake site to stop 37 people over years. Life Lock stops more in a second and cost somewhere in the billions less to operate.

I see there's no difference between this and sending out invites to crims for a game show saying they could win a car and thousands of dollars if it gets crims off the street then go hard FBI ...... the guys that have been caught in this honey pot trap would no doubt have been doing this elsewhere and for alot longer had they not been caught and it could have been your CC number of drivers license or social security number next so think about that whilst you moan and groan

Get this "So how did the undercover agent ID Hicks? The OxideDox account was registered on the FBI-created credit card website using theemail address: jmonster66@yahoo.com. The agent says in the complaint that he discovered the same username on Facebook and recognized the male in the photographs on the profile page from the meeting where the camera was handed over. Hicks also has an active Tumblr page with the same user name and photos"

Lol? What a dumb ass!

Like you are any smarter.

A few search warrants later and I'd be having sex with your girl friend on your own bed.

war said,
Like you are any smarter.

A few search warrants later and I'd be having sex with your girl friend on your own bed.

Hint you don't need a search warrant of any Judge or oversight, any agency can request meta data from your say cell phone's GPS without warrant, then request a drown from Homeland Security to monitor your location. If I recall correctly some 500k of these were filed last year on US Citizens.

What's with the people here trying to go on the defense of people selling the CC numbers? Bait and switch maybe but who cares, they were trying to sell innocent peoples CC numbers for profit after stealing them. But oh no its all about their privacy not the people that were robbed. Sometimes I'm sickened by the stupidity of some people on this forum

Not to mention it's NOT illegal for the FBI to do this.

Doing it every day, in fact right now, on this very forum.

war said,
Not to mention it's NOT illegal for the FBI to do this.

Doing it every day, in fact right now, on this very forum.

So you support them selling guns to Mexico so they can kill people with them. In the name of the end justify what every the hell the government wants it too. Then they hide behind the Presidents power. Why stop there? Oh wait they don't....

Where are you getting the "37 Arrested" number from? EVERYWHERE ELSE reports it as "24 Arrested", including your source, ABC News.

Do you know something the FBI doesn't?

myxomatosis said,
Yeah, they're arresting people stealing credit card numbers... cool! And during this times, pedophiles...

I guess money > kids....


Don't worry, the FBI has a whole department for pedohiles, this is cybercrime department.
And its not just money, lots of people can get in trouble because of these things.

oh bank empty, no money to pay rent.. is debt, then find out what happened, oh unknown stole my money, if lucky, you or your bank are insured, if not, bye bye money, say hello to debt.

Daniel_Pooh said,
The FBI should be arrested for running such a forum!!! The law makes no sense.

Is it really that much worse than a cop hiding behind a tree on the road doing radar...?

Farchord said,

Is it really that much worse than a cop hiding behind a tree on the road doing radar...?

Yeah. Because to use your scenario, it would be as if the cop sent out invitations to a race at that location - and then gave you a ticket.

Farchord said,

Is it really that much worse than a cop hiding behind a tree on the road doing radar...?

Well actually it's not illegal to hide behind a tree Running an illegal web site technically is though ... well unless you're on the righteous side i guess.

LaP said,

Well actually it's not illegal to hide behind a tree Running an illegal web site technically is though ... well unless you're on the righteous side i guess.

The only thing really illegal on the internet is child porn, but if you have enough money and enough support you can get people charged for doing almost anything.

Daniel_Pooh said,
The FBI should be arrested for running such a forum!!! The law makes no sense.

I agree, the FBI itself is not above the law, and creating a fake site violates Laws in other Countries. ICANN and many other laws and regulations. Lying about the registrations because the Ends justifies the MEANS is still being above the law. Speeding up to a speeder to ticket (Government still has rules on how fast they can over take someone (Cops speed limit and rules) is different than setting up a domain, false ID, lying to ICANN, breaking forum policy on host... Who watches those who think they are above the law and that the actions above the law (Fast and Furious). Next they'll be put on the kill list and have no trial too.

Brian Miller said,
Isn't this baiting and entrapment?
Yeah same as I was thinking. This seems no different than cops dressed a streetgirls. Some guys pick up girls. It seems it would be betetr to just take the trash off the street and the guys wont have trash to pick up. But if you mimic the trash to lure a catch? Isee that no different as fishing.

You're suppose to catch peopel in the act of commiting a crime, but baiting them to comment a crime has to be illegal. How dothey get away withthat?

TechieXP said,
Yeah same as I was thinking. This seems no different than cops dressed a streetgirls. Some guys pick up girls. It seems it would be betetr to just take the trash off the street and the guys wont have trash to pick up. But if you mimic the trash to lure a catch? Isee that no different as fishing.

You're suppose to catch peopel in the act of commiting a crime, but baiting them to comment a crime has to be illegal. How dothey get away withthat?


whats the difference though? just because its a made up scenario doesnt mean mean they werent going to break the law. While I agree its a slippery slope, I am not going to lose any sleep since they are/were criminals anyway. This is kinda like those "To Catch a Predator" shows, yea the "girl" they were talking to online wasnt the 14 year old girl the pedo thought it was, but are you worred about entrapment there?

Brian Miller said,
Isn't this baiting and entrapment?

Yup, maybe they had a T&C that said they were FBI. Nobody reads those.

Brian Miller said,
Isn't this baiting and entrapment?

Nope, entrapment is "inducing a person to commit an offense that the person would otherwise have been unlikely to commit." These people were already committing the crimes, just using the forum to trade the stuff.