**The People of the United States alleges that Defendants Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington conspired to steal the identities and properties of at least 10 SIM swap victims. **
**They also allegedly threatened to kill at least one of the SIM swap victims, and threatened family members of their direct SIM swap victims if they do not send bitcoin or if they do not turnover their Twitter handles. **
The defendants allegedly were able to steal at least $500,000.
11/18/19 Update Arrest Warrant Returned Executed on 11/14/2019 as to Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington
confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit
Whoever, during, and in relation to any felony violation enumerated in subsection (c), knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person. Anyone who helps or encourages an individual to knowingly transfer, possess, or use, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person.
Forfeiture of any property, real or personal, which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to a violation of section 215 , 471 , 472 , 473 , 474 , 476 , 477 , 478 , 479 , 480 , 481 , 485 , 486 , 487 , 488 , 501 , 502 , 510 , 542 , 545 , 656 , 657 , 670 , 842 , 844 , 1005 , 1006 , 1007 , 1014 , 1028 , 1029 , 1030 , 1032 , or 1344 of this title or any offense constituting “specified unlawful activity” (as defined in section 1956(c)(7) of this title), or a conspiracy to commit such offense.
This law makes defrauding, devising a scheme to defraud by means of wire, TV, signal unlawful.
In 1986, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, was introduced to combat hacking, as an update to the first federal computer fraud statute. It has been updated many times over the years, most notably in 2008, to encompass a broad range of actions well beyond its original purpose. The CFAA forbids the intentional access to a device without permission or in excess of permission, but does not specify what "without authorisation" entails. It has been a weapon perfect for violence to usage against virtually any aspect of electronic operation with harsh punishment schemes and malleable clauses.
Mr. Shapiro claims AT&T employees took bribes from hackers and gave them control of his mobile account 4 times over the course of one year. Mr. Shapiro also claims that the hackers then used their control over his mobile account to take control of his personal and digital finance accounts and steal more than $1.9 million from him.
Mr. Terpin claims that AT&T allowed an illegal sim swap to occur after an imposter posing as Mr. Terpin obtained Mr. Terpin’s telephone number from an insider cooperating with the hacker without the AT&T store employee requiring him to present valid identification or to give Mr. Terpin’s required password.
Mr. Williams claims that AT&T employees gave hackers control over his mobile account and phone number through an unauthorized SIM swap, and because of that, the hackers were able to take control of his personal and financial accounts, steal his cryptocurrency, and destroy his business, all resulting in the loss of Mr. Williams’ $2 million investment.
Mr. James Chen claims that AT&T employees gave unauthorized access to hackers in a sim swap which allowed the hackers to steal $764,168.00 from his bank accounts. The hackers then created a new cryptocurrency account, purchased cryptocurrency using the stolen money for themselves.
Ms. McCants claims that AT&T agents were paid to override security measures on her mobile account and allowed an unauthorized user to access her confidential account information. The information accessed then lead to Ms. McCants attack.
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