Aust man caught in global fraud bust

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Department of Justice officials have filed charges against 36 people allegedly involved with Infraud Organization (no really, that's the name), a global cybercrime ring with roots in the United States as well as numerous other countries.

The alleged cyber criminal from Britain, who used aliases including "Aslike1", "Aslike", "Moneymafia" and "Shilonng", could face up to 20 years in a U.S. jail if he is extradited, the country's authorities say.

"Today's indictment and arrests mark one of the largest cyberfraud enterprise prosecutions ever undertaken by the Department of Justice", said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Rybicki told a press briefing in Washington that Okeakpu had been arrested in the United Kingdom and faces racketeering conspiracy charges.

Rojas became a member in 2011 and shortly after was promoted to VIP Member status by the organisation's Ukrainian founder, Svyatoslav Bondarenko, according to the indictment.

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"Over the course of the Infraud Organization's seven-year history, its members targeted more than 4.3 million credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts held by individuals around the world and in all 50 (US) states".

Mr Rybicki told the briefing: "Infraud was truly the premiere, one-stop shop for cyber criminals worldwide".

Members of the group would then use the forum on the dark web - part of the internet often used for illegal activity - to gather information and facilitate the sale of the stolen data, officials said.

After a Las Vegas grand jury returned the nine-count indictment, federal, state, local, and global law enforcement authorities arrested 13 defendants from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Kosovo and Serbia. It had 10,901 approved "members" registered to buy and sell with them in early 2017, and maintained a rating and feedback system for members.

They face charges that include identity theft, bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

The US just took down one of the larger online crime organizations in recent memory - certainly one of the largest prosecuted by the feds.

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