Dutch Hacker Gets 12 Years in U.S. Prison

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David Benjamin Schrooten, 22, a.k.a. "Fortezza," has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his involvement in a hacking and fraud scheme that allegedly caused more than $63 million in damages.

"Schrooten, who was extradited from Romania last June, was part of a team that stole more than 100,000 credit card numbers and sold the details to other criminals on Kurupt.su, a so-called 'carding' website or underground marketplace for stolen payment card data. ... Schrooten pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and bank fraud, access device fraud, a single count of bank fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft," writes Computerworld's Jeremy Kirk.

"David Benjamin Schrooten's online criminal activities victimized thousands of U.S. citizens, and defrauded U.S. banking intuitions out of millions of dollars," Jim Helminski, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service in Seattle, said in statement. "Mr. Schrooten’s arrest and conviction demonstrates the Secret Service’s ability to pursue criminal actors beyond the borders of the United States and should serve notice to other online criminals."

Schrooten's co-conspirator Christopher Schroebel, 21, was sentenced last year to seven years in prison. "A third man, 33-year-old Charles Tony Williamson, of Torrance, California, is charged with 22 counts of various felony offenses for his role purchasing and using the stolen credit card numbers," Help Net Security reports. "Williamson is scheduled for trial this spring."