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Bernie Madoff's Hacker Helpers Busted

Carolyn's note: Apparently Bernie Madoff, who is the biggest swindler in history (he stole $80 billion!) was able to get away with it for over fifteen years by hiring hackers to create the phony computer records that fooled the authorities.

Ex-Madoff computer programmers arrested

The Associated Press
Friday, November 13, 2009; 11:04 AM

NEW YORK -- Two former computer programmers for Bernard Madoff's investment firm were arrested Friday on charges they helped cover up the disgraced money manager's massive fraud for more than 15 years.

The U.S. attorney's office said Jerome O'Hara, of Malverne, N.Y., and George Perez, of East Brunswick, N.J., were arrested at their homes. It said the pair formerly worked for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.

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International Hacker Gang Busted for ATM Thefts

The busted hackers:

The Wall Street Journal's take on this: Carolyn's note: to read the entire story, you must pay to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal. IMHO it carries the best cybercrime stories and is well worth the price for that alone.

  • NOVEMBER 11, 2009

Hackers Indicted in Widespread ATM Heist


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department indicted eight Russian and Eastern European computer hackers, alleging they were part of a crime ring that allegedly broke into ATMs in hundreds of cities world-wide and stole $9 million in a matter of hours.

Prosecutors in Atlanta announced indictments Tuesday in a scheme that is among the most brazen and damaging electronic-bank heists disclosed to date. One of the men accused was arrested and is awaiting extradition from Estonia. The others are thought to be at large.

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Pentagon Hacker Claims He Was Just Hunting for Alien Space Invaders

Carolyn's note: This busted hacker says he committed the crimes because he suffers Asperger's Syndrome.

Fri October 9, 2009

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Gary McKinnon, the hacker who broke into Pentagon and NASA computers, was at risk of suicide Friday after losing an effort to fight extradition to the United States, his attorney said.


McKinnon, a British citizen, has admitted breaking the law and intentionally gaining unauthorized access to U.S. government computers.

The U.S. government says McKinnon carried out the biggest military computer hacking of all time, accessing 97 computers from his home in London for a year starting in March 2001, and costing the government about $1 million. U.S. authorities want him extradited to face trial in the United States.

McKinnon, currently free on bail in England, has said he was simply doing research to find out whether the U.S. government was covering up the existence of UFOs.

McKinnon bases his case partly on the fact that he has Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism.

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