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11 charged with massive ID theft

41 million credit card numbers allegedly stolen in global ring; local firms affected

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey at press conference yesterday announcing the indictment of 11 people in the theft of credit card numbers. US Attorney General Michael Mukasey at press conference yesterday announcing the indictment of 11 people in the theft of credit card numbers. (STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By David Abel and Jenn Abelson
Globe Staff / August 6, 2008

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A ring of people spread across the globe hacked into nine major US companies and stole and sold more than 41 million credit and debit card numbers from 2003 to 2008, costing the companies and individuals hundreds of millions of dollars, federal law enforcement officials said yesterday. (Full article: 1101 words)

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