The men ran a company called Wiseguy Tickets, and for years they had an inside track on some of the best seats in the house at many events. They scored about 1.5 million tickets after hiring Bulgarian programmers to build "a nationwide network of computers that impersonated individual visitors" on websites such as Ticketmaster, MLB.com and LiveNation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) said Thursday in a press release. The network would "flood vendors computers at the exact moment that event tickets went on sale," the DoJ said.
They had to create shell corporations, register hundreds of fake Internet domains (one was stupidcellphone.com) and sign up for thousands of bogus e-mail addresses to make the scam work. Wiseguy Tickets then resold the tickets to brokers, at a profit.
"These defendants made money by combining age-old fraud with new-age computer hacking," the DoJ said in its press release.