Five Hackers Indicted for Stealing 160m Cards

An indictment in federal court declared openly in USA's New Jersey City lately, accused 5 men, four from Russia and one from Ukraine, of conniving for executing one global data-breach as well as hacking campaign, which aimed at prominent corporate networks, filched over 160m numbers related to payment cards, led to loss of several million USDs, as also demonstrated like never before a large scam prosecuted in US, published justice.gov dated July 25, 2013.

Precisely as per the indictment, all of the accused infiltrated PC-networks belonging to over 12 significant American and global organizations of which Wet Seal, J.C. Penney, NASDAQ, 7-Eleven, Dow Jones and JetBlue were some.

The defendants apparently attacked retail companies along with other business groups carrying out financial transactions alternatively dispatching finance related data. They stole credentials such as usernames and passwords; debit/credit card details along with the cardholders' other matching data for personal identification; and general identification tools; the indictment said.

As per Court, the hackers frequently managed access to the target companies' networks via injecting a Structured Query Language at first. Thereafter, they searched for security flaws within SQL-databases that by exploiting got them inside the companies' PC-networks. After this, they installed a backdoor onto those networks thus enabling them with more access to databases related to finance. To conceal their identities, the attackers utilized unnamed web-hosting utilities.

The crime group traded debit/credit card information for the American region that could be utilized for creating fresh cards at the rate of $10/number, $15 for a Canadian card, and $50 for a European card. The information was traded solely to recognized purchasers of the underground world, while large discounts were offered to big purchasers.

Paul Fishman, United States Attorney described the criminals as those who were deft at and inclined towards invading America's PC-networks thereby causing danger to the country's national security, privacy and economic well-being. Theregister.co.uk reported this dated July 25, 2013.

Eventually, court accused all the 5 individuals with conniving towards acquiring illegal admission into PCs as also wire-fraud, while extra accusations were leveled against 4 of the 5 such that each may've to serve 120-yrs of additional jail.

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