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Forever 21, DSW Targeted in Nation's Biggest Identity Theft Case

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Eleven scammers were charged yesterday in what Attorney General Michael Mukasey called "the single largest and most complex identity theft case ever charged in this country." By hacking into the wireless networks of chains like Forever 21, DSW, and Barnes & Noble, the thieves managed to collect over 40 million credit and debit card numbers, as well as social security numbers and driver's license information. Only three of the eleven are within police custody, though one is suspected ringleader Albert Gonzales. We sort of feel like this is a sign that we should stop shopping at Forever 21, but then, we felt the same way about turning 22, and that hasn't stopped us for years now.
·Members of Hacker Ring Charged [WWD]