Justice: Hackers steal 40 million credit card numbers

securitylockArticle on CNN.com - http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/08/05/card.fraud.charges/index.html

and MSNBC.com - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26041151/

NEW YORK - 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 40 million credit and debit card numbers.

Under the indictments, three Miami, Florida, men – Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez, Christopher Scott and Damon Patrick Toey – are accused of hacking into the wireless computer networks of retailers including TJX Companies, whose stores include Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx, BJ’s Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Barnes and Noble and Sports Authority, among others.

The three men installed “sniffer” programs designed to capture credit card numbers, passwords and account information as they moved through the retailers’ card processing networks, authorities said.

Consider Encrypting Traffic from within the PCI Zone as I wrote in this blog post as a prevent defense.

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