This story is a couple days old(in the world of IT a day is like a thousand years) but I still wanted to mention it. Max Ray Vision aka "Iceman" pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud stemming from the theft of approximately 2 million credit card numbers(yes you read that right!!!) and $86 million in alleged fraudulent purchases. WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!!!!!
Vision was a security consultant before he got arrested. So I guess the lure of going to the DarkSide got the better of him. In commenting on the incident FBI agent J.Keith Mularski who spent two years undercover infiltrating a group of cyber scammers who bought and sold stolen credit cards says that some guys simply allow their curiosity to get the better of them. And in the end find themselves going down that dark path.
How many of you guys who are currently employed in the INFOSEC industry have ever entertained the thought of going to the Dark Side? You have all the required skills. You have all the tools? And to cap it all off we are in the midst of a Global recession. So why not?
It isn't worth it. I say use your skills for the good of society and the cyberworld.
Vision now faces up to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.