America Online has shut down its service to customers in Russia while it investigates fraudulent credit card use.
The company does not offer a local service in Russia but has many local telephone numbers there used by several thousand Russian computer users to access AOL. Tatiana Gau, vice president with responsibility for integrity assurance, said there had been a significant rise in the amount of access from Russian numbers, which had alerted AOL to fraudulently registered accounts using stolen credit card numbers. Gau added that other "illicit activities" were also being probed and could not say when the service might be resumed.
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