Two British teenagers became criminal computer hackers and have been arrested for stealing bank account information from personal computers. The boys, Nick Webber, age 18, and Ryan Thomas, age 17 met when they were about 16 on a social networking site. The boys planned to join talents and scheme to steal bank account information and sell it to others.
The two stole the details of more than 65,000 personal bank accounts worldwide and then sold the information on line to others inside of a forum. The result of their selling the information is that 8 million pounds were emptied from the victim’s accounts, according to The Sun.
They also offered advice to more than 8,000 customers on how to use other people’s bank account information to buy goods, obtain cash through wiring, and to call sex phone lines.
Bank accounts were sold for prices according to where the accounts originated. US accounts were sold for US $3, European ones for US $5, and accounts in the UK were sold for US $7.
The boys have posted pictures of themselves on line with money lined up across the keyboard of their notebook computers, wearing designer clothes and one posted a picture of himself with a Hummer on his facebook page.
Both boys have been released on bail.