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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Thu Aug 07 2008 - 12:47:59 CDT
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From: Richard Forno <rfornoinfowarrior.org>
11 charged in connection with credit card fraud
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO – 16 hours ago
NEW YORK (AP) — The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it had
charged 11 people in connection with the hacking of nine major U.S.
retailers and the theft and sale of more than 41 million credit and debit
It is believed to be the largest hacking and identity theft case ever
prosecuted by the Department of Justice. The charges include conspiracy,
computer intrusion, fraud and identity theft.
The indictment returned Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Boston alleges
that the people charged 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.
"While technology has made our lives much easier it has also created new
vulnerabilities," U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan said in a statement.
"This case clearly shows how strokes on a keyboard with a criminal purpose
can have costly results."
The indictment alleges that the hackers installed programs to capture card
numbers, passwords and account information, and then concealed the data in
computer servers that they controlled in the U.S. and Eastern Europe.
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