1,600 StubHub accounts breached, N.Y. official says
Six people were indicted on Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to prime events such as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows, the Manhattan district attorney said.
District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split the proceeds.
He said investigators pored over more than 1,600 compromised accounts to trace the accused thieves via IP addresses, PayPal accounts, bank accounts and other financial accounts around the world.
The total stolen, in ticket value, was at least $1.6 million, he said.
In addition to the six people indicted in the New York City case, four others have been arrested internationally: three in London and one in Toronto, under charges in their respective countries, Vance said.
StubHub said it was alerted to “a small number of accounts that had been illegally taken over by fraudsters” last year and the online ticket seller began working with authorities around the world.
StubHub, which is based in San Francisco, said that the thieves didn't break through its security — rather, they got account-holders' login and password information from data breaches at other websites and retailers or from key-loggers or other malware on the customers' computers, spokesman Glenn Lehrman said.
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