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Hacker admits Seattle wi-fi scheme

Posted: April 6, 2012 11:24 am
By: - Information Security  

The final defendant in a hacking and burglary scheme that saw more than 40 Seattle-area businesses attacked has pleaded guilty to a host of federal crimes.

Pleading guilty earlier this week, Joshuah Allen Witt to stealing personal information of employees of at least 13 businesses by infiltrating companies’ Wi-Fi networks between April 2008 and December 2010, when Witt and a second man were arrested.

He and two other men then used that information to obtain credit cards, while also rerouting company checks to themselves. Witt, like his codefendant John Earl Griffin, faces seven to eight years in prison. The man charged in the scheme, Brad Eugene Lowe, will likely face five to 6 ½ years in prison.

Investigators ultimately discovered the hackers were finding networks to target by “wardriving” – basically driving around with a high-strength Wi-Fi receiver inside a car and search for networks that can be penetrated. Once a Wi-Fi network is found through wardriving, hackers can remotely watch for information that may reveal the network’s security setup and vulnerabilities.

Federal prosecutors claim the men sold stolen information – employees names, birth dates and Social Security numbers, as well as the businesses financial information – to others who would open credit card accounts.

From the Seattle PI.com, By LEVI PULKKINEN

Source: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Final-defendant-admits-to-Seattle-area-Wi-Fi-3461908.php