Australians Caught Up In Biggest Hacking Case Ever

Written by Computer Daily News     29/07/2013 | 07:50 | Category: SECURITY & SUPPORT

In the biggest hacking scheme ever, prosecutors have charged a group of Eastern European hackers with stealing credit-card information netting them hundreds of millions of dollars, among the records stolen were details relating to thousands of Australians.

Australians Caught Up In Biggest Hacking Case Ever
The scheme was allegedly run by four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian who hacked, stole and sold 160 million credit card numbers from more than a dozen companies. How they come to be in US hands has yet to be revealed.

Victims in the scheme included US retailers JC Penney; 7-Eleven; JetBlue; Heartland Payment Systems, one of the world's largest credit and debit processing companies; and French retailer Carrefour.

According to the indictment, members of the conspiracy scouted potential victims, including visiting retail stores to identify their payment-processing systems.

The group sometimes installed software on the corporate computer systems so that they could create electronic back doors giving them access to the systems at a later date, its also emerged that the hackers set up fake web sites which netted Australians looking for cheap US products.

The hackers carried out their attacks with a network of leased computers across the globe, according to the indictment. The men were allegedly associated with Albert Gonzalez, a Miami man who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2010, the longest term ever imposed in a US hacking case. Gonzalez was described as an alleged co-conspirator in the indictment.