Cyberthieves Charged with Ripping Off Over 1,000 StubHub Customers in $10 Million Scam

Investigators say the hackers commandeered peoples' accounts and then used those accounts to buy and re-sell tickets fraudulently.
Investigators say the hackers commandeered peoples’ accounts and then used those accounts to buy and re-sell tickets fraudulently.

Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events — from Yankee games to Jay-Z concerts — through the online ticket reseller in a $10 million international rip-off scam, officials said Wednesday.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced charges against an Upper East Side man and a New Jersey man, as well as suspects in Russia, London and Canada, in the case Wednesday afternoon.

The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Manhattan court Wednesday. Daniel Petryzyn, of the Upper East Side, is a graduate of Penn State and worked for a food caterer, authorities say. He is being held on $2 million bond.

The New Jersey man, Bryan Caputo, is a graduate of Montclair State University and lives in Hudson County, according to authorities. His lawyer said he did not know the tickets he was moving were stolen. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

According to investigators, hackers used malware or hacked other websites to obtain login information for StubHub users’ accounts and used credit cards on file with the online ticket company to buy tickets to concerts and sporting events, including to Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concerts, Yankee games and Broadway shows. They then allegedly used runners to resell the tickets before unsuspecting customers knew their accounts had been compromised.

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SOURCE: Jonathan Dienst and Jim O’Donnell 
NBC 4 New York

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