PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The district attorney in Manhattan, N.Y., says hackers broke into 1,600 customer accounts on the StubHub website.
The cyber criminals logged on using stolen passwords and fraudulently bought thousands of tickets to sporting events, concerts and shows.READ MORE: Pa. Supreme Court To Take Up School Mask Mandate Case
“These were tickets from some of the most sought after events in the tri-state area,” D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr., said.
Six suspects are charged in an international ring, traced to Russia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Officials say the group resold the tickets on various websites, then split the profits, adding up to a $1.6 million fraud.
The defendants have been indicted on felony charges – including money laundering, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.READ MORE: Judge Jeffrey Manning Retires From Allegheny Co. Common Pleas Court
StubHub is the biggest marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets. Sellers set their own price, sometimes at a hefty markup, and the website has millions of transactions each year.
The thieves did not breach the site’s security, but stole customers’ personal information from other sites, then used the passwords to log onto StubHub.
StubHub, which is owned by eBay, first detected the fraud last year and says it has refunded customers who were hacked.Crews Fight Overnight Fire At Lawrenceville Lumber Co.