Busted! Wardriving gang suspected of TJ Maxx data breach charged

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It is already being called the single largest and most complex hacking and identity theft that has ever been prosecuted.

The US Department of Justice announced today that they have charged 11 men, for their alleged involvement in a heist that hacked into nine companies and stole more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers.

The men charged are alleged to have broken into the wireless networks of major retailers including OfficeMax, Barnes & Noble, Boston Market, Sports Authority, Forever 21, DSW, BJ’s Wholesale Club and TJX, which operates retail stores T.J. Maxx (known as TK Maxx in the UK) and Marshall’s.

The 11 men, who are said to hail from the USA, Estonia, Ukraine and China, are charged with numerous crimes – including conspiracy, computer intrusion, fraud and identity theft. …

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.