Tag: Indictment

Federal Indictments in SamSam Ransomware Campaign

Two men — Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran — have been indicted in a criminal conspiracy around the creation and distribution of the SamSam ransomware campaign. The indictment, unsealed today, was handed down by a federal grand jury in New Jersey.

According to the six-count indictment, Savandi and Mansouri hit more than 200 victims, mostly in the government, critical infrastructure, and healthcare sectors. The victims included the City of Atlanta; the City of Newark, N.J.; the Port of San Diego; the Colorado Department of Transportation; the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta; and six health care-related entities.

Read more about the indictments in the SamSam campaign on DarkReading.

‘Carder.su’ crime ring participant sentenced to 115 months in prison

Cameron Harrison, aka “Kilobit,” was sentenced to 115 months in prison and $50.8 million in restitution this week after he purchased stolen credit card data and other personal information from an international fraud ring.

Harrison pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in April and was one of 55 people charged in activities pertaining to “Carder.su,” a fraud-conducting group comprised of nearly 8,000 people, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Although the group ultimately compromised 210,000 different account numbers that led to about $50 million worth of losses, Harrison only posted on the Carder.su site 119 times in four years and possessed more than 260 compromised credit and debit card numbers, according to his sentence memorandum.

Read more about the indictment and sentencing of ‘Kilobit’ on SC Magazine.