Hackers got Bill Gates' credit card info
Self-styled 'Saint of E-commerce' arrested for e-biz
credit card details, including those of Gates, to NBCi.
UPDATED March 27, 2000 3:57 AM PT
LONDON, -- A teenager arrested
in Wales for allegedly hacking into e-commerce Web
sites had obtained the credit card details of Bill
Gates, head of Microsoft Corp. and the world's richest
man, newspapers said on Sunday.
Raphael Gray, 18, was arrested on Saturday for Internet
fraud after a joint operation between the FBI and
The FBI said on Saturday that losses connected to
the activities of Gray and another unnamed 18-year-old
could exceed $3 million.
The 'Saint of E-commerce' But Gray, the self-styled
"Saint of E-commerce," said: "I just
wanted to prove how insecure these sites are. I have
done the honest thing, but I have been ignored."
Gray and his accomplice e-mailed credit card details,
including those of Gates, to NBCi, a subsidiary of
the NBC broadcasting group, the paper said.
The 18-year-olds used the screen name "Curador"
-- Welsh for custodian -- and allegedly hacked into
nine e-commerce Web sites around the world, stealing
credit card information related to more than 26,000
accounts from Web sites in the United States, Canada,
Thailand, Japan and Britain.
Joint international effort
The arrests stemmed from an FBI investigation conducted
with the Welsh police, the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police and Internet security consultants, the FBI
said, adding that the international banking and credit
card industry also provided substantial cooperation.
The FBI was still investigating a wave of cyber-attacks
last month that disrupted some of the Internet's most
The FBI's own Web site was attacked on March 14, the
same day the agency celebrated the 50th anniversary
of its "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list,
which is publicized on the site, FBI officials said.
Gray and the other man were questioned and have been
released on bail.
HAD GATES' CREDIT CARD DATA
John Borland - Staff Writer, CNET
March 24, 2000, 12:25 p.m. PT - Copyright
18-year-old Welshman was arrested on Friday for Internet
fraud after a lengthy investigation by the FBI, the
Welsh police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and
various Internet security experts. The teen, Raphael
Gray, and his accomplice, another unnamed 18-year-old
boy, used allegedly broke into nine different e-commerce
Web sites and stole credit card information about
26,000 accounts in the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Japan,
and Britain. The FBI says that the activities of "Curador"--the
screen alias that the two boys used--could cost as
much as $3 million in losses. The FBI also says that
the boys obtained the credit card information of Microsoft
Chairman Bill Gates, and emailed the information,
along with the credit card information relating to
the other 26,000 accounts, to NBC subsidiary NBCi.
The two boys have been questioned by police and released
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