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A federal indictment made public today in New Jersey charges five men with conspiring in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.  It is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

 

The defendants allegedly sought corporate victims engaged in financial transactions, retailers that received and transmitted financial data and other institutions with information they could exploit for profit.  The defendants are charged with attacks on NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Carrefour, JCP, Hannaford, Heartland, Wet Seal, Commidea, Dexia, JetBlue, Dow Jones, Euronet, Visa Jordan, Global Payment, Diners Singapore and Ingenicard.  It is not alleged that the NASDAQ hack affected its trading platform.

 

According to the second superseding indictment unsealed today in Newark federal court and other court filings, the five men each served particular roles in the scheme.  Vladimir Drinkman, 32, of Syktyykar and Moscow, Russia, and Alexandr Kalinin, 26, of St. Petersburg, Russia, each allegedly specialized in penetrating network security and gaining access to the corporate victims

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The indictment is nice, but I bet you that most of these cats are outside of the U.S and, here is the kicker, they will probably be tried in Absentia. So, the NSA accomplished, well... nothing.

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Drinkman and Smilianets have been arrested and extradited to US already. The remaining three do walk freely wherever they are.

 

And there's no involvement of NSA at all. Which is the point of the remark, actually - that NSA didn't see sh*t. Probably got themselves robbed some way.

 

Anyway, lack of any kind of discussion in this topic means either I post sh*t stuff in general or people just absolutely refuse to see the elephant in the room - computer security doesn't exist. Five damn years...

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computer security doesn't exist

 

Not at all. Which is a shame.

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