40 Million U.S. Credit Card and Debit Card Numbers Stolen by War Driving Identity Theft Ring

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In what is being called the “largest hacking and identity theft case” ever, eleven men have been indicted for allegedly stealing the numbers of more than 40 million U.S. credit cards and debit cards. Let me repeat that: 40 million. The entire population of the United States is only 301 million! That means that for every seven to eight people you see, the odds are good that one of them had their credit card number stolen, and their account drained.

So how did they accomplish this massive theft?

By wardriving.


 
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 40 Million U.S. Credit Card and Debit Card Numbers Stolen by War Driving Identity Theft Ring

Members of the group drove around looking for open wifi servers into which they could hack – servers belonging to big retail companies – I mean really big retail companies, like Barnes & Nobles, Boston Market, OfficeMax, Sports Authority, JX Companies, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Forever 21 and DSW. This virtually assured them a big payoff – big retail companies have big numbers of credit card transactions.

Authorities are calling this the biggest cooperative investigation if its kind. The investigation involved the Justice Department; U.S. attorneys’ offices in three districts: the District of Massachusetts, the Southern District of California and the Eastern District of New York; the Internal Revenue Service and the Secret Service.

It’s also the biggest credit card and identity theft ring of its kind. Again, with 44 million compromised credit card numbers, one in seven or eight are likely to have a credit card number that was compromised.


 

Which means, it’s time to go look at your bank statements.

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 40 Million U.S. Credit Card and Debit Card Numbers Stolen by War Driving Identity Theft Ring

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2 Replies to “40 Million U.S. Credit Card and Debit Card Numbers Stolen by War Driving Identity Theft Ring”

  1. This is a utter outrage what these hackers have done to the lifes. Of 40 million people having there accounts drained. I wonder how all of these different hackers all over the world. Do not seem to ever to hack another hacker. It does seem very strange that these hackers never seem to interfer with another hackers crimes. Kind make me think some governments might have a hand in the hacking pot. ?

  2. It seems to me that these companies did not do enough to keep hackers from getting into so called secure areas where peoples credit card info was kept.
    Everyone that was affected by this should get together and sue

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