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When federal grand juries in Boston, New York and San Diego yesterday indicted 11 individuals for allegedly stealing 40 million debit and credit card numbers from TJX Cos. Inc., eight other major U.S. retailers and a restaurant chain (CardLine, 8/5), the U.S. Secret Service likely was both elated and embarrassed. One of its informants, Albert "Segvec" Gonzalez of Miami, was among those indicted. "During the course of the investigation, the Secret Service discovered that Gonzalez, who was working as a confidential informant for the agency, was criminally involved in the case," the Secret Service said in a statement. The government charged Gonzalez with computer fraud, wire fraud, access-device fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy for his alleged role in the scheme. He is now in a New York jail, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Grand juries for the Eastern District of New York and San Diego also indicted Gonzalez, Aleksanr "Jonny Hell" Suvorov of Estonia and Maksym "Maksik" Yastremskiy of Ukraine for allegedly hacking into the computer system operated by Dave & Buster's Inc., a Dallas-based restaurant chain, and stealing debit and credit card information on 11 occasions. The three allegedly installed a "packet sniffer," to collect card data as the transactions were processed. At one Dave & Buster's, the packet sniffer collected 5,000 debit and credit card numbers, which crooks used to create counterfeit cards to steal $600,000 from card issuers, the Justice Department says. Yastremskiy is jail in Turkey, and German Federal Police arrested Suvorov in Frankfurt, where he was visiting while on vacation, the Department of Justice says. The U.S. government has applied to extradite the two suspects.

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