Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – July 26, 2013 – In a recent data breach, five hackers from Russia and Ukraine were charged with stealing 160 million credit card numbers over a seven year timeframe. According to the U.S. Attorneys’ office of New Jersey, this is the largest such scheme prosecuted in the U.S. This scheme, resulting in a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, targeted computer networks of major retailers, payment processors and financial institutions from around the world.
“It is important for both consumers and businesses to remain vigilant in securing their sensitive information and financial records, especially when considering the technological expertise and sophisticated tactics used by many of today’s scammers,” says Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA. “By taking a proactive stance on data protection, you stand a better chance of avoiding data breaches, as well as limiting the extent of damages if such fraudulent activity were to occur.”
Per information obtained by law enforcement, the hackers targeted victim companies for many months and had implanted malware on company servers for over a year. After obtaining the stolen data, it was allegedly sold to resellers around the world for a profit, resulting in identity theft and false charges against consumers.
Your BBB offers the following tips to consumers regarding ways to keep your identity secure:
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