Venezualan VoIP hacker imprisoned

Janet Harris

September 27, 2010

Edwin Andres Pena of Venezuela, has been imprisoned for 10 year, after stealing over ten million minutes of VoIP calls and selling them again for a proft.

Pena is believed to have made $1m through the scam, while the telecommunications companies he attacked lost around $1.4 million.

He hacked into the networks of companies such as AT&T and, posing as a genuine reseller of calling services, he routed millions of calls over the companies’ unprotected ports.

Mr Pena was arrested in the US in 2006, but fled the country and returned to Venezuala. He was arrested again in Mexico, in 2009.

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