Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Major id-theft and hacking ring broken with indictments (Heatland Payment Systems case)


Three hackers have been indicted for compromising the payment processing systems of Heartland Payment Systems in 2008; indirectly affected are the customers of 7-Eleven convenience stores and Hannaford Brothers groceries.

There are many media stories, but Brian Krebs as an account in the Aug. 18 Washington Post here.

One of those indicted is a former Secret Service agent, Albert Gonzalez, and has already been indicted on some high profile compromises such as T.J. Maxx.

Hackers in the US worked with those in Russia and Eastern Europe.

It was not immediately clear how much monitoring assistance would be available to consumers.

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