Wardriving credit card thief gets 9 years in jail

By Justin Mann on July 11, 2006, 6:58 PM
Was a nine-year prison term too harsh a sentence for a wardriver that was stealing credit card numbers? According to a three-judge panel in the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, it was justified. Showing just how much more digital crime is being recognized, the fear of digital thieves is becoming so great that for even minor cases we are seeing harsh penalties. In this particular case, two individuals were attempting to steal credit card numbers from a hardware store. While they only managed to pilfer a minor amount of cards before being caught, the “potential damage” was what put them behind bars:

"We find that the district court did not err in using Salcedo's admitted intentions to harm 250 or more victims and to traffic the stolen information to enhance his sentence," the decision reads.
The plan was rather interesting, and one that further proves the need for enhanced security, especially among wireless networks. They had discovered an open wireless network at a particular store, which opened the doors for them to reach the internal network of the entire chain. Later, they were able to install a modified version of a credit card processing program to capture the card numbers. Do petty thieves deserve sentences such as this?




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Defiant said:
Seeing comments like "Do petty thieves deserve sentences such as this?" really annoys me, as some people never see a larger picture.Your stuck abroad somewhere someone in your family dies, you go to get an airline ticket and find you cannot use your credit card because someone has wiped your account out ... Your stuck.You need to rent a car urgently to get somewhere very improtant (for any reason), you use your card, it's declined, your stuck again.The list is endless. Many people off the top of thier heads can put a "...I needed to get a..." in that list.And for those thinking it is a victimless crime as the CC company is insured ... who pays those premiums ... nothing is for free ... ever.If they were not stealing then they would not be in the can, get a job comes to mind.=D=
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