Doug Bedell — July 30, 2014, 12:13 pm

Gifted, But Not For Using Gift Cards Properly

gift-card_170Glad to see that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is on the alert, though it shouldn’t have to be bothered with vamps like this one.  NakedSecurity reports how a once-promising engineering graduate is under investigation for illegally accessing e-commerce sites and “pumping up” the funds supposedly available on their gift cards.

Muneeb Akhter, says Naked Security, admitted in a sworn, signed statement “to creating computer codes on his personal notebook computer to gain unlawful access to multiple e-commerce sites, including Shell Gas, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and others. “Akhteer has used his codes,” a DHS affidavit adds, “to trick the e-commerce systems into adding funds to gifts cards he has possession of without actually expending any money to do so.”

Unfortunately, Akhter boasted to a colleague at a new job of his inflationary proficiency. The rest is in the NakedSecurity post.

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