Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say three Los Angeles men fraudulently obtained more than a million tickets to concerts and sporting events by hacking into Ticketmaster.com and other Web sites.
Authorities in Newark charged 40-year-old Kenneth Lowson, 37-year-old Kristofer Kirsch and 36-year-old Faisal Nahdi on Monday.
The indictment charges the men with multiple wire fraud counts and gaining unauthorized access to computer systems.
Prosecutors say the trio's company, Wiseguy Tickets, allegedly devised computer programs that impersonated individual ticket buyers to bombard ticket Web sites. The programs were able to bypass safeguards meant to restrict the number of tickets each customer can buy.
The company allegedly made more than $25 million by reselling the tickets.