August 18, 2012
More than $25 million has been stolen from Australian credit cards by overseas hackers, federal police say.
Australian businesses were targeted by the scammers, who obtained about half a million credit card numbers, the Australian Federal Police says.
''The compromise is believed to have involved approximately 500,000 credit cards and resulted in more than $25 million in fraudulent transactions,'' the AFP said in a statement on Friday.
''The borderless nature of this crime type poses new and unique challenges for law enforcement.''
The AFP says investigations are continuing.
''International and private sector co-operation is critical to the AFP's ability to target this type of compromise, which is a challenging and time-consuming process.'' AAP