by Mike Masnick
Wed, Aug 6th 2008 12:45am
We've had numerous posts about the massive (some say the largest ever) data breach by TJX, parent company of retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. So, it's certainly worth mentioning the story making headlines that the "culprits" of the breach have been charged in the case, but it shouldn't exactly put your mind at ease about these breaches. After all, the credit card info they accessed (over 40 million cards by most accounts) is still out there, though many card holders have already changed their numbers. But, more importantly, it sounds as though most of those responsible aren't in the US at all and are basically sitting free in Eastern Europe and Asia. Hell, one of those "charged" is only known by his online username, with no indication where he might be located. So, yes, it's good that the feds tracked down some of the folks responsible, but most of them are probably still out there getting access to the credit cards your provider sent you to replace the ones compromised by these guys in the first place.
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