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Eight people charged with identity theft, using AT&T customer files

The US DoJ charges eight involved in an identity theft ring, as the federal government cracks down on thieves
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:19 pm

Eight defendants have been charged with one count of conspiracy for their role in a sophisticated identity theft fraud scheme using stolen information from AT&T. In total, there are 22 counts in the indictment, with some defendants charged with access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.




One of the defendants charged, Couman Emily Syrilien, 25, from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, worked for Interactive Response Technologies (IRT), an outsourced call center that provided sales and customer support for AT&T.


If convicted of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the access device fraud charge carries a 10-year max sentence, and each aggravated identity theft charge carries two years.


Customer files are very lucrative for cybercriminals trying to commit identity theft, with large amounts of customer data passed around on the black market.


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