Hacker Steals Credit Card Numbers, Sentenced 51 Months

Chirag Patel, a man from Phoenix has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for stealing credit card numbers from a hospitality company.

Patel pleaded guilty in May 2023 to computer fraud and abuse admitting that he had used various methods like phishing emails password guessing or exploiting vulnerabilities to hack into the company’s computer systems between August 2017 and July 2020. He then stole customer credit card numbers and other personal information for his own financial gain. This resulted in over $87,000 in loss to the company and its customers. In addition to serving his sentence, Patel must pay $87,522.25 in restitution.

To prevent this type of cybercrime from happening again in the future there are several steps that companies can take:

  • Use strong passwords and security measures to protect your systems. – Educate your employees about cybersecurity risks.
  • Monitor your systems for unauthorized activity.
  • Have an action plan ready in case of a data breach.

In addition to these steps, companies should consider using a firewall to protect their computer systems from unauthorized access. Regularly updating software with the latest security patches is also essential for protecting against cyber threats. Lastly backing up data is crucial because it ensures valuable information is not lost or stolen. By implementing these measures effectively companies can reduce their risk of being hacked and having customer data stolen. As technology advances, so do the methods that hackers use to steal customer credit card numbers. Phishing, for instance, involves cyber-criminals sending deceptive e-mails containing false links or websites that appear genuine. Once unsuspecting people enter their sensitive data on these platforms, the fake site captures & hands over their personal records resulting in unauthorized transactions being made.

Password guessing is another prime method for stealing private information by entering weak text combinations or making calculated guesses about people’s personal lives – such as favorite football teams or animals- often leading to successful access to loading credit-card information.

Hackers can also prey on system vulnerability which provides easy access to credit-card databases where companies store their customer’s records. Weaknesses exploited by hackers could be found in certain browsers or application software through weak coding while some become defective over time impacting system stability beyond known updates and performance fixes. This provides golden opportunity windows for fraudsters who have ‘foot-in-the-doors’.
The responsibility falls upon the companies involved as they must take action -updating passwords rigorously and using rigorous protections against digital risks- so they do not compromise client records. Bosses must educate workers on the consequences of poor IT practices such as opening suspicious mail or falling for online scams, increasing cyber-security defenses, and monitoring systems to avoid unauthorized log-ins.

There must also be a plan in place to handle unforeseen data breaches that will maintain customers’ trust.

As a responsible business practice companies must prioritize creating a comprehensive plan aimed at promptly informing customers about any potential breach and offering necessary support to prevent fraud. This prudent approach significantly minimizes the risk of customer credit card details getting compromised.