Feds wrap up online-crime dragnet

Friday, 27 August 2004, 8:40 AM EST

A summer-long effort targeting internet crime has resulted in dozens of arrests and convictions on charges including use of "spam" e-mail to steal credit card numbers, computer hacking and online fraud, Justice Department officials said Thursday.

The suspects were identified during more than 160 federal investigations into a variety of internet crimes that victimized about 150,000 people and caused $215 million in estimated losses, Attorney General John Ashcroft said. The initiative began June 1 and ended Thursday.

At Wired.

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