28 Jan 2014

FBI Arrests Needapassword.com Operators Over Breach of 6,000 E-Mail Addresses

Two US citizens have been arrested in relation to a hacker-for-hire web site and charged with running a criminal enterprise, according to the FBI. Three others were charged with using e-mail breach services.

US citizens Mark Anthony Townsend, 45, and Joshua Alan Tabor, 29, both of Arkansas, were arrested in connection with their operation of the needapassword.com site accused of cracking passwords to 6,000 e-mail accounts in exchange for payment from users, the FBI says. They face up to five years in prison if found guilty.

Three others were arrested for allegedly paying hackers - not related to needapassword.com - and could face a year in prison, the FBI says. One of them, a 30-year-old California man, allegedly paid $21,675 to a Chinese web site in exchange for passwords to e-mail accounts.

The arrests were the result of collaboration between the FBI and law enforcement from Romania, India and China. Six other site administrators were also reportedly arrested for cyber-criminal activity overseas. Four arrests were made in Romania, one in China and one in India.