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Hackers From Romania Get Credit Cards In Australia …

  • November 29th, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

hacker.jpgNot for the first time computer hackers from Romania have broken into small business credit card systems to go on a large-scale spending spree; on this occasion, in Australia.


In a joint operation on Tuesday, 28.11.12, Romanian national police and the Australian Federal Police raided 200 places in Romania, placing 16 persons under arrest.

credit-cards.jpgThey’re being charged in connection with a break-in on 100 small businesses, with the lifting of details on 30000 credit cards, and exposure of 500000 Australian residents to stealing.

Purchases amounting to A$30-million have been reported, all being reimbursed by banks to their customers.

Some members or associates of an organised crime formation were said to have been in Australia in the lead-up to the thefts.


subway-logo.jpgIn September, American authorities named three Romanians, one in the United States and two back home, charging them with breaking into credit systems operated by 150 shops, mostly Subway sandwich franchises in the United States.

Some 80000 customers were affected; the accused if found guilty face 5 t0 30 years in gaol.

Forbes magazine said the criminals had broken into “POS” systems, which allow merchants “to process customer credit, debit, and gift card purchases through an electronic processing system, signature capture device and a customer pin pad device.”


bucharest.jpgRomania and the neighbouring state of Bulgaria have presented problems to the European Union since their admission to membership in 2007, over the control of organised crime.

The two former communist states had noted records for official corruption, occasioning the European Commission to devote substantial resources, sending in auditors and advisors in a renovation of standards of governance and law enforcement.

guns-police11.jpgSimilarly it has for many years sought to assist in suppressing the notorious depredations of organised crime in Southern Italy.

Its policy declaration on organised crime prioritises such action, calling the problem a threat to the economy and society in Europe.

It says:

“The European Union’s response in the fight against organised crime is adapted to the complexity of this phenomenon and is directed at both trafficking in human beings, arms and drugs and economic and financial crime, corruption and money laundering. It also covers the new dimensions of organised crime, such as cybercrime and environmental crime. The integrated approach guiding the action of the EU extends from prevention to law enforcement. This is based essentially on effective cooperation between the authorities of the Member States, and especially the law enforcement agencies, including the exchange of information and mutual assistance in seizures and confiscations. The fight against organised crime is global, affecting many areas of the EU’s action and policies.”


European Commission , Brussels, Summaries of European Legislation: Fight against organised crime., (29.11.12).

Forbes, NY, “Subway Restaurant POS Hacking Case Yields Guilty Pleas”, 17.9.12., (29.11.12).

Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop,  “Romanian hackers behind $30m Australian credit card theft”, ABC News, Sydney, 29.11.12., (29.11.12).


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