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Largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice

By Blind Dragon
Aug 6, 2008
  1. Eleven people, including a U.S. Secret Service informant, have been charged in connection with the hacking of nine major retailers and the theft and sale of more than 41 million credit and debit card numbers, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

    The data breach is believed to be the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice, which said the suspects were charged with conspiracy, computer intrusion, fraud and identity theft.

    Three of those charged are U.S. citizens while the others are from places such as Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus and China.

    The indictment returned Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Boston alleges that the suspects hacked into the wireless computer networks of retailers including TJX Cos., BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, Forever 21 and DSW and set up programs that captured card numbers, passwords and account information.

    "They used sophisticated computer hacking techniques that would allow them to breach security systems and install programs that gathered enormous quantities of personal financial data, which they then allegedly either sold to others or used themselves," Attorney General Michael Mukasey said at a news conference. "And in total, they caused widespread losses by banks, retailers, and consumers."

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  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    Ha only in the states, we in the UK are to refined to do such things, or perhaps were just dont have the knowledge.
     
  3. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 4,048

    It was people from all over the world - not just Americans
     
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    Too bad flogging has stopped. And hard labour.
     
  5. adu123

    adu123 TS Maniac Posts: 301

    I wish smart people can use their intellengence to help other people instead of doing such things. Obviously that's the way it is in this world....
     
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Yes, sadly this is a global event. The crackers were just caught here.
     
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