Monday, August 17, 2009
DOJ issued a press release concerning an indictment of an individual charged with "conspiring to hack into computer networks supporting major American retail and financial organizations, and [allegedly] stealing data relating to more than 130 million credit and debit cards." The indictment is for the crimes of conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy. He is accused of using a "sophisticated hacking technique" "which seeks to exploit computer networks by finding a way around the network’s firewall to steal credit and debit card information." Several corporations are said to be the victims. The press release tells that this individual has pending charges from the US Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of NY and the District of Massachusetts. The present indictment is from the US Attorneys Office for the District of New Jersey. Three different U.S. Attorneys Office against one person - well maybe more since it is a conspiracy being charged. It is good to see action being taken in identity theft and computer related cases, but I am wondering why three US Attorneys Office are needed here. Even if there are victims in three different districts, won't one or two prosecutions be enough?
See also Tampa Tribune (AP), Prosecutors: Man tapped into 130 million credit accounts