A Cameroonian Hacker Stole $2 Million Worth Airline Tickets In U.S

Shoud i call him a hacker or Script kiddie? Eric Donys Simeu is accused of obtaining a whopping $2 million worth of airline tickets through Email Phishing, He's been hand over to the U.S after being arrested in France.

Simeu is accused of of targeting U.S Employees in different Airlines and Travel Companies using fake email address that requested for their login details. He's been said to use the Stolen details of the victims to issue flight tickets for himself or sold to travelers in West Africa at a small amount.

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Simeu was using Martell Collins as his identity, and use this to target employees who had access to the Global Distribution System (GDS) used by travel Companies to access their Servers and also carry out Operations which includes Issuing of Traveling Tickets.

Simeu uses Phishing email Campaign on Two Companies in Texas and Georgia that uses Global Distribution System (GDS), which got him access to the radar of U.S authorities. The Companies in Texas and Georgia are not disclosed but the Phishing email campaign was from July 2011 to September 2014.

He used one of the boarding passes he got through his attack in September 2014 to travel from Morocco to France with a fake U.K Passport with the name Martel Collins. He's been arrested by the French Authorities and was extradited last week according to U.S Department of Justice.

Simeu he's been charged with Federal Charges of Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Computer Fraud and Access Device Fraud, And its been reported that his case is still currently been investigated by the FBI and State Department Diplomatic Security Service.

J. Britt Johnson and agent from Atlanta's FBI field office said:

"Those who target U.S Companies and Citizens through Cyber Attacks and Spear Phishing emails can no longer be confident they will remain anonymous protected by boundaries"

He also added:

"This arrest and extradition serves a strong deterrent to those targeting the Computer networks of U.S Companies and U.S citizens. It should also serve as a reminder to the public to be vigilant and aware they are frequently targeted through fraudulent emails seeking to steal their Personal information"

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