US charges five in biggest credit card hacking case
BOSTON (REUTERS) - Prosecutors in the United States have charged five men with payment card theft resulting in more than US$300 million (S$378 million) in losses for companies in the US and Europe in what they described as the country's largest hacking fraud case in history.
Victims include Nasdaq OMX Group, Visa , Dow Jones, JC Penney, JetBlue Airways and Carrefour, prosecutors said as they announced the indictments on Thursday.
The indictment named four men residing in Russia and one man in Ukraine. It also cited Albert Gonzalez as a co-conspirator. He is serving 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to helping mastermind one of the biggest hacking fraud schemes in US history, helping steal millions of credit and debit cards. It was not immediately clear how those cases overlapped with the ones announced on Thursday.
In additional to payment car theft, charges in the indictment included allegations that the defendants stole log-in credentials from Nasdaq after playing malicious software on the company's computers around May 2007. A spokesman for Nasdaq could not immediately be reached for comment.