Final defendant in multimillion-dollar SIM hijacking scheme sentenced to prison

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Nov 30, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

The sixth and final defendant in a gang accused of perpetrating a multimillion-dollar SIM hijacking case was sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $121,000 in restitution, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Garrett Endicott, 22, from Missouri, was connected to a hacking group known as “The Community,” which engaged in a string of SIM hijacking incidents targeting individual users’ cryptocurrency exchange accounts in seven states, according to DOJ. SIM hijacking, or SIM swapping, is a technique where an attacker takes control of a target’s phone number, allowing the attackers to receive text messages and other forms of two-factor authentication protocols that are then used to log into accounts.

The gang, known as “The Community,” faced charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Three people who worked for mobile phone providers and helped the gang were also charged with wire fraud.

In SIM swapping, attackers either bribe mobile phone provider employees for access to target accounts or socially engineer their way into the accounts by calling provider support lines, posing as the target, and getting the company to reassign

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