Dutch hacker imprisoned for trafficking 100,000 credit cards


A Dutch citizen who was arrested and extradited from Romania was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a computer hacking and credit card fraud scheme that victimized people around the world, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.

David Benjamin Schrooten, 22, also known in the hacking world as ‘Fortezza’, pleaded guilty in November 2012 to Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud and Bank Fraud, Access Device Fraud, Bank Fraud, Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer, and Aggravated Identity Theft.

Schrooten and co-conspirator Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, of Keedysville, Maryland marketed stolen credit card numbers via internet sites. Schroebel hacked into the computers of two Seattle area businesses and stole credit card information. According to the records in the case, he also hacked into the PoS computer in a restaurant in Seattle, and a restaurant supply store in Shoreline, Washington.