TJX data peddler arrested in Turkey

By Justin Mann on August 22, 2007, 4:11 PM
More bad guys being arrested, police in the country of Turkey have located and captured a man who is suspected of trying to steal the data stolen from retailer TJX. Earlier this year, TJX shocked many when they admitted that 45 million people were at risk due to data of theirs that had been compromised.

The man's goals were apparently clear - sell the data en-masse, though it is unknown if he was actually part of the theft. Obviously, TJX and U.S. authorities will want the man brought to the U.S. for trial, though that may not happen.

This case is interesting not only due to the technical nature of how they data was supposedly stolen (access gained through unprotected wireless networks) but of the sheer volume. Mass amounts of centralized, sensitive data proves to be a lucrative and tempting target for thieves. Maybe massive databases aren't such a fantastic idea.

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