A fugitive hacker accused of illegally rerouting millions of dollars worth of VOIP calls through telecommunications companies' networks has been apprehended in Mexico. Edwin Andres Pena was arrested Friday by Mexican authorities, Assistant US Attorney Erez Liebermann said. He had been on the lam since August 2006, when he …
The numbers game
"... accused of illegally rerouting millions of dollars worth of VOIP calls ..."
"... accused of carrying out a scheme that routed more than 10 million minutes of voice-over-internet-protocol calls over the networks of a dozen or so telecommunications providers ..."
"... cost each of the defrauded telecom providers an average of $300,000 in routing expenses ..."
10,000,000 minutes into $3,600,000 = $0.36/min. Are those providers actually saying it cost them 36 cents per minute to route VOIP traffic? And what was with the judge? A (relatively) rich guy looking at a multi-year jail sentence, and they DIDN'T consider him a flight risk?
What's a hacker doing in Mexico anyways?
"Wait, wait, wait a minute. Wait a minute. You just give us the name of
one drug dealer. I could talk to him. I have good networking skills."
There's a piece missing from this story
"Pena routed the calls through the hacked networks to prevent the telecommunications companies from detecting the true source of the traffic"
How the hell did they find out?