by Mike Masnick
Tue, Aug 18th 2009 5:42am
Back in January, we noted that it looked like there might be a new winner in the battle to see who was responsible for the largest ever credit card breach. Until that time, the honor had gone to a series of department stores owned by TJX (TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc.). That involved info on 94 million credit card holders. Not bad. But the newer deal, involving Heartland Payment Systems appeared to effect well over 100 million. Now, you may have seen the news reports this week that have upped that total to 130 million, as part of the announcement of indictments against three individuals for illegally accessing the data. But, what's fascinating is that the one guy in custody, Albert Gonzalez, was already in custody for his role in the TJX hack (along with some other retailers). Oh, and there's also the tidbit about how he was a government informant, handing over info on (you guessed it) the underworld involved in stolen credit card numbers.
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