Lithuanian national admits to identity theft in Pittsburgh
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A Lithuanian citizen who tried to sell credit card information and operated on the Darkmarket Internet crime forum under the moniker Dr. Smurf, pleaded guilty to identity theft in the U.S. Courthouse in Pittsburgh today.
Tadas Petrauskas, 23, who lived in Brick, N.J., hacked into computer systems and took credit card information, which he then sold through the Darkmarket website, according to an indictment handed down in 2008. In July 2008, he sold to an unnamed Western Pennsylvania buyer the user names and passwords of employees of an unidentified data hosting center, potentially enabling the buyer to access information on some 10,000 customers, the indictment said.
A probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with help from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance, the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and Lithuanian authorities led to the indictment.
Mr. Petrauskas is to be sentenced Oct. 30 by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. The maximum sentence is five years in prison.
First Published July 3, 2012 1:21 pm