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2008-08-07 09:10:00

By Jordan Robertson Associated Press LAS VEGAS -- Federal authorities are calling it the largest hacking and identity theft case yet. But this week's indictments of 11 people who allegedly plundered millions of payment card numbers might not seriously dent the underworld where such crimes occur. Researchers at a hacking conference here met the news with a bit of a shrug, saying the theft of credit and debit cards still will flourish. "These guys were just persistent and lucky. And they...

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2008-07-02 09:00:00

Hackers stole PIN codes from a network of Citibank ATMs located in 7-Eleven stores, allegedly stealing millions of dollars and revealing a major flaw in Citibank's security efforts. According to recent court filings, the hackers were able to steal the money and access PINs "“ numeric passwords used by customers to access their accounts "“ by attacking the back-end computers responsible for approving cash withdrawals. The infrastructures of ATM systems are increasingly being built...

2006-08-29 19:47:21

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers broke into one of AT&T Inc.'s computer networks and stole credit card data and other personal information from several thousand customers who shopped at the telecommunication giant's online store. AT&T said it was notifying "fewer than 19,000" customers whose data was accessed during the weekend break-in, which it said was detected within hours. The company said it immediately shut down the online store, notified credit card companies, and...

2005-08-11 07:09:47

By Andy Sullivan LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Attention hackers: Uncle Sam wants you. As scam artists, organized-crime rings and other miscreants find a home on the Internet, top federal officials are trolling hacker conferences to scout talent and talk up the glories of a career on the front lines of the information wars. "If you want to work on cutting-edge problems, if you want to be part of the truly great issues of our time ... we invite you to work with us," Assistant Secretary of Defense...

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2005-08-10 18:45:00

LAS VEGAS -- Attention hackers: Uncle Sam wants you. As scam artists, organized-crime rings and other miscreants find a home on the Internet, top federal officials are trolling hacker conferences to scout talent and talk up the glories of a career on the front lines of the information wars. "If you want to work on cutting-edge problems, if you want to be part of the truly great issues of our time ... we invite you to work with us," Assistant Secretary of Defense Linton Wells told hackers at a...


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