Largest ID theft case ever!

Federal prosecutors are gearing up for what they believe will be the biggest identity theft prosecution in U.S. history, after investigators broke up a major hacking ring allegedly responsible for stealing and selling more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers.

"As far as we know, this is the single largest and most complex identity theft case that's ever been charged in this country," Attorney General Michael Mukasey said today at a news conference in Boston. Eleven suspects will face charges that include conspiracy, fraud and identity theft as part of the alleged scheme.

A federal grand jury handed down an indictment for Albert "Segvec" Gonzalez and prosecutors charged Christopher Scott and Damon Patrick Toey for allegedly hacking into wireless computer networks of several major corporations, including OfficeMax, Barnes & Noble, Boston Market, Sports Authority, Forever 21, DSW, BJ's Wholesale Club and TJX Companies, which operates retail stores T.J. Maxx and Marshall's. All three of the men reside in Miami.

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(RawGutts said @ #8)
And we still have not heard anything from those retail outlets about our information that was lost?

Well, this loss of information was big news 4 years ago. This identity theft took place awhile ago and now they are just catching up to the people who they believe are responsible.

OfficeMax - im good...
Barnes & Noble - good here too...
Boston Market - good here too...
Sports Authority - good here too...
Forever 21 - good here too...
DSW - doh...mom has major reward points from all her purchases...
BJ's Wholesale Club - doh...
T.J. Maxx and Marshall's - doh...

I was 5 for 5...then the last three...doh. I hope they didnt store nationwide purchases on those computers in Miami...

The senior IT officers at the parent companies knew of the problems and chose not to fix it. When are the corporate decision makers going to be held personally liable for their actions or inactions? I understand LLC rules, but this should not shield them from criminal liability.

Why are they not going to jail?

lol
agree with the first post...........
insane, credit card companies response is to make customers remember different pin numbers!! just to annoy you

Some corporations I see typically have wireless.. Barnes and Noble for example for their patrons. Some others like Sports Authority or TJ Max, is extremely ludicrous. It could be some nuttjob that worked there setup a wireless network without the company's knowledge. So for the most part I agree with the first 2 posts...

Agree with the first 2 posts, if that's the case. We have had several users bring in personal wireless routers and try to plug them in. They want wireless, but our parent company won't let them have it so they think its ok to bring in unsecured wireless because "our parent company sucks" or whatever.

Why does a wireless network have access to credit card information? Ever heard of having 2 seperate networks? Brilliant security...****ing idiots.