AOL phisher jailed for four years

Earlier this week I blogged about how Thomas Taylor Jr, a member of an ecard identity theft gang that targeted users of AOL, had managed to escape a spell in prison.

One of Taylor’s co-conspirators, Charlie Blount Jr, wasn’t so lucky and has been sentenced to four years in jail after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

25-year-old Blount worked alongside other members of the gang scooping up the email addresses of AOL customers, and then sent them bogus electronic greeting cards with the intention of infecting them with malicious software. The malignant code displayed a fake message claiming to come from AOL, demanding security information such as bank account details, social security numbers, names and addresses.

Counterfeit bank cards were then created using the stolen information, and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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