News

AFP investigating the biggest data theft in history

SEVEN people in Romania have been charged after an international criminal investigation revealed the largest credit card data theft in Australian history on Wednesday.

A criminal syndicate operating out of the eastern European country accessed 500,000 Australian credit cards, using about 30,000 in fraudulent transactions totalling more than $30 million.

Begun in June 2011, the Australian Federal Police Operation Lino exposed thousands of counterfeit transactions carried out in numerous countries including in Europe, Hong Kong, Australia and the United States.

The AFP investigation was completed with the help of other international law enforcement bodies as well as partners in the banking and financial sector.

The operation was completed on Wednesday, with 16 people detained in Romania, seven of whom were arrested, shutting down the criminal syndicate.

No Australian credit card holders lost money due to the fraudulent transactions, with Australian banks and financial institutions reimbursing all losses.

AFP manager for cyber crime operations, Commander Glen McEwen said the operation was the largest data breach investigation in Australian law enforcement history.

"Without the co-operation of 13 other countries, along with Australia's banking and finance sector, we would not have been able to track these illegal transactions to the criminal network in Romania," he said.

"Today's successful outcome is a culmination of 17 months of hard work with these partners.

"Following initial inquiries, the AFP entered into a joint investigation with the Romanian National Police in March of this year, leading to these arrests."

Topics:  australian federal police computer hacker theft



A town hall by another name

An early photo of the Ipswich Post Office, School of Arts and Bank of Australasia in Brisbane St.

1850s: Calls ring out for a School of Arts to be established in city

It's bigger and better than ever

HONOURED: Past winner Leigh-Anne Hargreaves with her work "Poppy Bella”.

Ipswich Art awards return

Generous pay cheque for dull ideas

Australia Post.

I wouldn't mind $4.4 million a year

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

WARNING: 'Sardine city' is on Ipswich's horizon

CONCERNED: The implications of the State's move to denser housing developments has Cr David Pahlke up in arms.

But Antoniolli says council can manage State's denser housing edict

Grand re-launch for new Nolan's Corner

GRAND PARTY: Wayne Kemp and Angela Love from Poison Arrow, Eliza Woodruffe from Limestone Emporium, Tess Claris from Voice Hair and Beauty and Kim Schubel from Schudio will all be at the grand launch party.

A feat worth celebrating

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!