TJ Maxx hacker jailed for 30 years in Turkey

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Correction: In an earlier version of this blog entry I said the wardriving gang were charged in May 2005. In fact it was August 2008. Thanks to eagle-eyed blog reader Warwick for spotting my mistake.

Was it worth the risk? That’s the question a computer hacker from the Ukraine has plenty of time to ponder today, as a Turkish court slammed him with a 30 year prison sentence.

Maksym Yastremskiy, also known as “Maksik”, sold hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information, and was one of the gang charged in August 2008 with stealing customer information from a number of companies in a major “war-driving” wi-fi attack.

Companies who had their data compromised included 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…

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, or drop him an email.

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