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The Lure: The True Story of How the Department of Justice Brought Down Two of the World’s Most Dangerous Cyber Criminals by Steve Schroeder

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Chapter 2. The Investigation Begins

During his testimony at trial, Mike Apgar said that he believed that Speakeasy had called the FBI after the disastrous events on Christmas Eve. In fact, however, Speakeasy contacted the FBI as soon as they had a handle on what had occurred. On December 6, 1999, James Beck, one of the system administrators at Speakeasy, made a rather detailed report to the FBI, provided logs reflecting the break-ins, and included the fact that credit card numbers had been stolen. True to what Max Chandler had told Alexey, Speakeasy felt that there were no real prospects that the hackers could be put in jail. Consequently, they were not pressing for a prosecution. They wished, however, to alert the authorities to the nature and ...

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