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Authorities have indicted 11 individuals for stealing and selling payment card data from TJX Cos. Inc. and other major retailers, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today. In Boston, a grand jury indicted Albert "Segvec" Gonzalez, Christopher Scott and Damon Patrick Toey, all of Miami, for allegedly obtaining credit and debit card numbers illegally by "wardriving," or driving near stores and using laptops or other devices to detect insecure or unprotected wireless signals. The indictments allege the three men used wireless networks to hack into the credit and debit card-processing networks of TJX and several other stores and restaurants, including BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes&Noble, Sports Authority, Forever 21 and DSW Shoe Warehouse. Once inside the networks, they allegedly installed "sniffer" software to capture card numbers, passwords and account information. The men allegedly concealed the data in encrypted computer servers they controlled in Eastern Europe and in the United States, according to the Justice Department. They allegedly sold some of the card numbers to others in the U.S. and Eastern Europe and used counterfeit cards created with other numbers and magnetic stripe data to withdraw "tens of thousands of dollars at a time" from ATMs, according to a Justice Department statement. The men allegedly used anonymous, Internet-based currency systems to channel funds through bank accounts in Eastern Europe. The Justice Department also announced today that a U.S. District Court in San Diego has unsealed indictments against five other men for alleged crimes related to the card-theft ring. Named in the indictments are Maksym "Maksik" Ystremskiy of Ukraine; Aleksandr "Jonny Hell" Suvorov of Estonia; Hung-Ming Chiu and Zhi Wang, both of China; and an individual known only by the online nickname "Delpiero." The U.S. District Attorney in San Diego also has charged Sergey Pavlovich of Belarus and Dzmitry Burak and Sergey Storchak, both of Ukraine, with conspiracy to traffic in unauthorized access devices, according to the Justice Department.

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