Facing charges of conspiring to commit computer fraud, two men have been arrested in the US for allegedly creating an app that enables cyber-criminals to harvest personal data from Photobucket users. The app gave access to password-protected accounts on the photo sharing website, though how many accounts were affected by the potential breach remains unknown.
According to Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert who spoke to the press, it was using online banking site, PayPal, that was the criminals' downfall, allowing their illegal transactions to be traced.
"If they had been using crypto-currencies it would have made life a lot more difficult for the law enforcement agencies," Woodward told the BBC.
Photobucket has pledged to support the US government in its ongoing criminal investigation. If found guilty of computer fraud in US courts, the two hackers face £161,000 in fines and five years in prison, online news sources report.