Feds' International Phishing Sting Nets Five; More Than 100 Involved

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Five members of an international cyber-crime ring were convicted on federal charges for their part in a phishing scheme that fooled consumers into revealing personal information that was then used to siphon their bank accounts.

The five scammers found guilty by a federal jury were among 53 defendants charged in the fall of 2009 as part of Operation "Phish Phry," a U.S.-Egyptian investigation that eventually resulted in charges against 100 people, the largest number of defendants ever charged in a U.S. cybercrime case. To date, the operation has led to 46 convictions in Los Angeles federal court.