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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 29 September 2006 12:10
Six Charged in AOL Phishing Scam
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 | Six young men were charged yesterday with the operation of a phishing ring that stole credit card data and other personal information from AOL online services customers.

The men, all aged 22 or younger, have been operating the scam out of Connecticut and Florida for more than two years, according to Kevin O'Connor, U.S. District Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

According to the indictment, the defendants harvested the email addresses of "thousands" of AOL subscribers, then spammed them with fake emails that promised an electronic greeting card. When AOL subscribers opened the "cards," they were infected with a Trojan horse that then prevented them from going back onto AOL without giving personal information, including name, address, Social Security number, credit card numbers, bank account information, and personal identification numbers.

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