Romanian man involved in phishing scam sentenced to 45 months

A Romanian citizen has been sentenced to 45 months in federal prison for his role in an international phishing operation that targeted U.S. bank holders.

Published Fri, Jul 11 2014 4:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Romanian citizen Iulian Schiopu was sentenced to 45 months in prison for his role in a cybercrime operation related to phishing. Schiopu and his accomplices reportedly affected thousands of debit and credit cards of U.S. banking customers.

Romanian man involved in phishing scam sentenced to 45 months | TweakTown.com

Stolen information was stored in shared email accounts, with names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers at risk. The group became known in the United States because criminals in Romania were withdrawing money of U.S. bank account holders. So far in the investigation, more than 20 Romanian citizens have been arrested for their various roles in the phishing scheme.

Cybercriminals are able to launch a large amount of attacks with little risk of law enforcement interference, but the U.S. government is ramping up efforts to dismantle organized attack groups.

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