Cybercriminals had been both collecting emails — and creating their own — as part of a major fraud scheme targeting Groupon, Ticketmaster and other major online vendors. Utilizing stolen credit cards, cybercriminals opened millions of fake accounts and used them to buy tickets on various ticket vendor sites, and then resell them to others online. The scheme has been ongoing since 2016, until the fraudsters made a fatal flaw — leaving the emails open to the public on the unsecured database.
“Since 2016, they have been using a combination of email, credit-card [fraud] and ticket fraud against Groupon, Ticketmaster and many other vendors,” according to Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, researchers with vpnMentor, in a Wednesday analysis. “Groupon has been trying to shut this operation down ever since it started, but it has proven resilient.”
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