[ISN] The Secret Service Agent Who Collared Cybercrooks by Selling Them Fake IDs

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/07/open-market/ By Kevin Poulsen Threat Level Wired.com 07.22.13 From late 2007 until March 2011, if you were an identity thief or credit card fraud artist in need of a fake ID, your best bet was “Celtic’s Novelty I.D. Service.” From its base in Las Vegas, the online storefront manufactured driver’s licenses for 13 states and shipped them to buyers around the world. No questions asked. With a reputation for quality and the fastest turnaround in the industry, Celtic was a no-nonsense player in a global underworld benighted by drama and infighting. On the Russian-led criminal forum Carder.su, his primary home, he accumulated scores of glowing reviews from satisfied customers. “You can trust him,” wrote Oink Oink. “This guy doesn’t fuck around. Great shit, great communication and bends over backwards to help you out.” “I agree Celtic is great” wrote XXXSimone. “I placed an order, instantly he sent the order out did not bullshit around.” A customer named Temp agreed. “Strongly recommended! Fast shipment, and very good discounts!” Today Billy “Oink-Oink” Steffey, Maceo “XXXSimone” Boozer III, and Alexander “Temp” Kostyukov might not be so generous with their praise, as they await a November trial in the largest identity theft prosecution in U.S. history. Their mistake? In addition to being a talented ID forger, Celtic was a Secret Service agent. […]