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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Indicted in Credit Card Scam

Three men — including two Russian citizens — were indicted Monday for allegedly stealing more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers in what U.S. authorities believed could be the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted.

Albert Gonzalez, a former government informant already in jail in connection with hacking cases, and two unnamed Russians were indicted on charges related to five corporate data breaches from 2006 to 2008.

Card numbers were stolen in those breaches from credit-card processor Heartland Payment Systems and retail chains 7-Eleven and Hannaford Brothers, prosecutors said.

Attorneys for Gonzalez were not available for comment.

Prosecutors said Gonzalez and the Russians, identified as “Hacker 1” and “Hacker 2,” targeted large corporations by scanning the list of Fortune 500 companies and exploring corporate web sites before setting out to identify vulnerabilities. All three were charged with conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers, to commit fraud in connection with computers and to damage computers, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.