David Voreacos reports:
Four Russians and a Ukrainian were charged for their role in the largest hacking and data breach scheme in U.S. history, according to Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey.
The five conspired in a “worldwide scheme that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses,” Fishman said today in a statement. The men worked with Albert Gonzalez, a hacker serving 20 years in prison, according to the indictment unsealed in federal court in New Jersey.
Read more on Bloomberg Law.
Update: here’s a redacted copy of the indictment (pdf). It lists corporate victims: NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Carrefour S.A., Hannaford Bros., Heartland Payment Systems, Wet Seal, Commidea Ltd., Dexia Bank Belgium, Jet Blue, Dow Jones, “Bank A” in the UAE, Euronet, Visa Jordan (part of Visa Inc.), Global Payment Systems, Diners Singapore (part of the Diners Club owned by Discover Financial Services), and Ingenicard U.S. This is the first I’m hearing about some of these, even though some were quite large breaches.