A teenager and his friends, who stole $25 million from 130,000 hacked credit cards around the world, have been sentenced to prison for organizing “the largest English-language online cyber crime forum.”
Toronto Star reported that 19-year-old Nicholas Webber, the creator of Gh0stMarket.net, was sentenced to five years in prison.
Co-conspirator and software designer Gary Kelly, 21, was also ordered to spend five years in prison. Sensing his impending doom after his first court appearance last August, Kelly posted a message in an online forum saying, “I possibly won’t be back for a while. I fail. I got caught.”
Ryan Thomas, 18, the site administrator, was sentenced to four years.
The trio operated an international forum with 8,000 members who bought stolen credit-card and debit-account information, London’s Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit said. The forum also offered webinars in how to create fake credit cards without getting caught.
Webber and Thomas were arrested in October 2009 but jumped bail and went to Majorca for two months. They were shortly rearrested.
All three pleaded guilty, as did their money launderers: Shakira Ricardo, 21, sentenced to 18 months, and Samantha Worley, sentenced to community service.