3 are accused of stealing more than 130 million credit, debit card numbers

08/18/2009 | NYTimes.com

Three men have been indicted in the theft of data on more than 130 million credit cards and debit cards, described by prosecutors as the biggest computer crime and identity theft in history. The information was sold on the Internet and used to make unauthorized cash withdrawals and purchases at stores, according to the indictment. "Sniffer" programs on corporate networks intercepted credit card transactions and sent the information to computers in the U.S., the Netherlands and Ukraine, prosecutors said.

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