We previously reported on the prosecutions of Darkode members. Three more members of the computer hacking forum Darkode have pled guilty to accessing protected computers without permission, and for violating the CANSPAM Act. All three (in addition to 9 others prosecuted several weeks ago) were part of a scheme to scan for and infiltrate internet routers that were not protected by adequate security measures. The scheme allowed them to install malware onto routers that then automatically sent messages to cell phone numbers which contained a fake link to a Best Buy card. When a cell phone user clicked on the link, they were directed to a page that then asked for their personal information. The hackers were paid according to how much information was shared through the link.
Twelve members of Darkode have been charged in the scheme. The government says Darkode is one of the most sophisticated English-speaking forums for hackers.