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Inmates build PCs, tap prison network to steal IDs and credit cards

Inmates build PCs, tap prison network to steal IDs and credit cards
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You've heard a lot about criminals stealing people's identities to apply for credit cards and tax refunds. But you've never heard of a crime like this.

You may even surprise yourself with your own response. Do you admire these criminals' smarts, or just hate their crime? (Let us know in comments.)

Prisoners in Ohio's Marion Correctional Institute built their own computers from spare parts. Not only that, once their computers were working, they tapped into the Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction's network.

They issued passes to inmates to gain access to restricted areas. They also attempted to commit crimes, no surprise.

Investigators ultimately found that the criminals were using their computers to connect to the internet and fraudulently apply for credit cards. The investigators found evidence that the prisoners were doing research on tax fraud, looking for recipes for homemade drugs, and more. Note: Here's how to avoid being a tax fraud victim.

The prisoners built their computers with spare parts they had access to. Some of the prisoners worked in the prison dismantling electronics for recycling.

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