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[ISN] Secret Service Reveals How It Stalks Cybercriminals
By Neal Ungerleider
June 30, 2011
A top Secret Service official ended up spilling details about federal
anti-hacker strategy at a relatively obscure federal hearing in Alabama.
In testimony given to the House Committee on Financial Services,
assistant director Alvin T. Smith revealed just how involved the Secret
Service is in federal investigations into cybercrime ... and told some
extremely cool stories in the process.
Smith was a witness at a field hearing called, simply, âHacked Off:
Helping Law Enforcement Protect Private Financial Information.â
At the naughtily named hearing, Smith detailed how the Secret Service
has infiltrated underground websites (including both hacker and
cyberfraud sites) and bulletin boards. A 2008 investigation into
criminals who stole credit and debit card numbers from Dave & Buster's,
OfficeMax, Sports Authority, and Barnes & Noble customers was largely
accomplished thanks to accounts by undercover feds on illegal websites.
Undercover Secret Service agents then, with the assistance of Turkish
and other international investigators, traced the sale of stolen
American credit card numbers to Russia and Eastern Europe.
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