Three men charged in 130 million credit card identity theft

Graham Cluley

Chances are that you’ve seen the stories about what some are calling “the largest case of computer crime and identity theft ever prosecuted.”

28-year-old Albert Gonzalez, and two unnamed Russian men, are accused of stealing more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers from late 2006 to early 2008. According to prosecutors, the hacking gang broke into computer networks belonging to Hannaford Brothers, and two undisclosed national retailers.

What makes this news particularly fascinating, however, is that Miami-based Albert Gonzales (who uses the online handle “Sevgec”) is already awaiting trial in connection with a massive data breach at TJ Maxx, OfficeMax, Barnes & Noble, Boston Market, Sports Authority,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.