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Ukrainian Arrested In India For TJX Data Theft 40

ComputerWorld reports "A Ukrainian national has been arrested in India in connection with the most notorious hacking incident in US history." "Sergey Valeryevich Storchark was one of 11 men charged in August 2008 with hacking into nine US retailers and selling tens of millions of credit card numbers. He was arrested in India earlier this week, according to a spokesman with India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In a statement, the CBI said they'd arrested Storchark in New Delhi on the night of May 8, as he deplaned from a flight from Goa, for layover before a flight to Turkey. US authorities had asked for his extradition via diplomatic channels. ... 'His extradition and prosecution would have been very unlikely had he reached his final destination of Ukraine,' the CBI said."
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Ukrainian Arrested In India For TJX Data Theft

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  • Like leaving a pile of gold out on your front lawn. Hard to resist.
    • Well, maybe enough successful prosecutions will make it easier for those so inclined to restrain themselves. I sure hope so.
    • by blair1q ( 305137 ) on Friday May 14, 2010 @02:45PM (#32210892) Journal

      That's not attractive nuisance. An attractive nuisance is something that is inviting but dangerous to children, like an unfenced swimming pool or a broken swingset. A pile of gold may be inviting, but it's not dangerous. And attractive nuisance isn't a mitigating factor in charges against the child, it's a charge against the person who left the nuisance where it could do harm to the child.

      Stealing others' property is never excused by "they should have locked it up" arguments. Nor is hacking into others' computers.

  • Identity fraud-related crimes really hurt. Had my information stolen by someone that worked at the HQ of my bank at the time.
  • Belongs in Prison (Score:3, Informative)

    by CSHARP123 ( 904951 ) on Friday May 14, 2010 @01:56PM (#32209992)
    Identity theft is a big problem to deal for the victim. One of my friend took nearly 3 years to clear all the crap these guys pull. These scum bags belong in prison for life.
    • by Shakrai ( 717556 ) * on Friday May 14, 2010 @02:06PM (#32210188) Journal

      These scum bags belong in prison for life.

      Are you referring to the scumbag identity thieves or the scumbags in the financial sector that decided that someone entering a DOB and SSN on a website would be enough "verification" of identity to allow someone to open credit accounts?

      I know someone who applied for and received a $25,000 line of credit from Citi online with no actual verification of who he was. His credit card arrived in the mail a few days later. He had recently moved and his new address wasn't even on his credit report yet. You'd think the fact that the card was going to a previously unknown address would be enough to set off a red flag but it didn't. All he did was apply online using information that any idiot who was willing to dumpster diving could have retrieved.

      • by blair1q ( 305137 )

        The reason that happens is that people moving and requesting new accounts happens thousands of times a day, so banks consider it much more costly to vet those activities than to chase down the few frauds who slip into line.

        And they really, truly, don't give a flying fuck how much it costs you to clear up anything that doesn't directly involve them. It doesn't enter into their forecasts, and they don't waste time agonizing over it. They're too busy analyzing politicians for malleability, because stopping r

      • No doubt banks are culpable in the kind of crap you have mentioned. I am talking about people who deliberately break into peoples account and commint fraud. This is what the case here being discussed.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by EdIII ( 1114411 )

      I have a big problem with that. Prison for life is not only very costly, but you would be surprised what just 10 years is like in prison.

      On another note, why does he get to go to prison for life, but all those wonderful human beings that:

      - Set up securitized mortgages and played fast and loose with mortgage notes.
      - Bypassed the court systems by creating non-judicial foreclosures where you could not even complain it was the wrong company or they could not produce the note
      - Stole billions, still not a widely

      • Yeah. Those identity thieves need to be put in prison for life at our expense, but Wall Street douchebags get bailed out with our taxes and allowed to enjoy their freedoms.

        Who said anything about that? As far as I'm concerned the crooked douchbags can share a cell with the identity thieves.

        • by EdIII ( 1114411 )

          My point is that the identity thieves make off with less than $100k per person. Usually far less than that. I went through identity theft myself and my losses were really only around $1000 out of pocket to pay a law firm to hammer the f*ck out of the reporting agencies to get the bad stuff removed. Even with liberal estimates for my time and credit line loss, whatever, it had to have been less than $10,000.

          What happened on Wall Street and with real estate resulted in theft and losses of property in the b

    • by mrmeval ( 662166 )

      The scumbags in the financial sector and the politicians who eat their shit share most of the blame for this. The politicians need to put the burden on the financial institution who will then have to bleed money or fix their shit.

  • Epic fail... the Ukraine is basically the world center of Internet crime and it's because nobody ever gets caught there.

  • Deplane (Score:1, Funny)

    by EdtheFox ( 959194 )

    ...as he deplaned from a flight...

    Who uses that word?! and Is there anyone over the age of 35 that doesn't think of Hervé Villechaize [wikipedia.org] when you hear the word deplane?

    • I think it was the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation trying to sound cool using one of those English prefixes while simultaneously verbing a word. All the new kids are doing it.

      Just like how I insandwiched my lunch, after devanning and unexitted my work.

  • Shoulda signed up...suckers!
  • According to ROKSO [spamhaus.org] the folks who run the Canadian Pharmacy run out of the Ukraine. I'd have to say they are the most annoying bastards I've ever seen, at least as far as spammers go. I'm waiting for the day when they get their come upppance. I hope I live to see it.

  • Your identity is never stolen. It's as much a misnomer as "piracy".

    What usually happens is that private corporations penalise you because they've put you in some set of lame risk databases they use, and it turns out that your entries were filled against your favour as a result of the actions of someone else.

    It's your own (plural, every one of you) fault for putting so much trust and reliance on the convenience of the good ol' entry in a database by which your life is made or broken.

  • Maybe they will imprison him in Hyderabad and force him to work in a call center handling people's personal information! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8677486.stm [bbc.co.uk]

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