Online Casino Style: News
Since online gambling hit the internet
scene, there have been huge improvements made in terms of security and
safety for players. Those frequenting internet casinos, however, should
know going in that there is some risk associated with the practice, as
there always is with gambling, though sometimes with online gambling, the
risk comes with the sites themselves, and not just necessarily making
wagers. One story this week exemplified that, with the arrest of a 21-year
old botnet operator facing charges for his involvement in a scheme that
resulted in his theft of more than $30,000.
The story broke the online gambling news circuit this week courtesy of an article by the publication Information Week. The pervasion and use of botnets is well known to the internet gambling community, as the programs are used to filter and siphon information off of online casinos, or worse, breaking into the schematics of the financial data, accruing lists of identity theft data for sale in the black market. Some websites go so far not only to publish and sell the data, but to also advertise how to create and manage your own botnet.
But folk also know that a life of crime doesn’t pay in the long run, a lesson that at least one young man out of Manchester, UK is learning the hard way. Gary Kelly is being held by authorities, along with four others in his same operation, and facing charges related to botnet operation, as well as fraudulent conduct and participating in organized crime, all of which were associated with the website Ghost Market.net.
Ghost Market.net provided to their 8,000 members credit card data, verification programming and malicious computer programming. Kelly’s involvement went one step further, however, as he not only was an operator for the website, but also took advantage of acquiring one credit card for his own use, stealing $30,000 from the card. Even more fascinating has been the fact that Kelly has done more than just admit his guilt: he written about his case on a number of forums, hypothesizing as to how the police caught him, saying, “It could be one of the following," he wrote, guessing that either his "ISP was watching," or else "the fact that I used a legitimate (sic) domain name," which he paid for with a credit card in his own name. "Either way I fail, I got caught."
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