Three men charged for largest email hack ever2015-03-09 12:35 by Daniela
Tags: e-mail, hackers
US authorities Friday unveiled charges against two Vietnamese nationals and one Canadian for the largest known data breach of names and email addresses. They have infiltrated at least eight email service providers it he U.S. and have stolen more than a billion email addresses.
"These men – operating from Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Canada – are accused of carrying out the largest data breach of names and e-mail addresses in the history of the Internet," U.S. Assistant Attorney-General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement.
"This case reflects the cutting-edge problems posed by today's cybercrime cases, where the hackers didn't target just a single company; they infiltrated most of the country's email distribution firms," Acting U.S. Attorney John A. Horn said in a statement.
"And the scope of the intrusion is unnerving, in that the hackers didn't stop after stealing the companies' proprietary data — they then hijacked the companies' own distribution platforms to send out bulk emails and reaped the profits from email traffic directed to specific websites."
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