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11 people charged with largest Identity Theft fraud in US history

US authorities have unravelled, what is said to be the largest hacking and identity fraud in the history of the United States.

The US Department of Justice declared conviction of 11 people, including a Secret Service Informant of US; out of the 11 charged people, three are US citizens, and the rest of them are from various places including, China, Estonia, Ukraine, and Belarus - the department revealed.

The fraud involves theft and sale of as many as 41 million debit and credit card serial numbers from nine major retailers nationwide, including- OfficeMax, Boston Market, Sports Authority, Barnes and Noble, Forever 21, DSW, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and TJX Cos.

More than 27 million US citizens are said to be affected from different spells of ID fraud between 2003 and 2007, and the number is mounting continuously, US Federal Commission reported.

Addressing a news conference, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said, “They used sophisticated computer hacking techniques that would allow them to breach security systems”, and the losses in dollars are difficult to be quantified at this point, Mukasey added.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.