Cigarette Smuggling: It Began with a Cyber Attack

Editor’s Note: Cross-posted from the Counterfeit Cigarette Enforcement Forum. Cigarette smuggling any cyber crimes are closely related, see here.

From: Associated Press via NY Daily News

7 sentenced use hacked credit cards to buy cigarettes

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Seven people are going to federal prison for using stolen credit card numbers and counterfeit gift cards to buy more than $1 million in cigarettes in North Carolina.

The defendants then sold those cigarettes on the black market, completing a scheme that began with stolen credit information they obtained from overseas hackers.

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