Ukrainian TJX hacking suspect arrested in India
Bring on the extradition proceedings
A Ukrainian national accused of helping to hack into nine US retailers and making off with data for millions of credit cards has been arrested in India, IDG News has reported.
Sergey Valeryevich Storchark was arrested earlier this week in New Delhi as he deplaned from a flight from Goa, the news service said, citing a spokesman with India's Central Bureau of Investigation. He was in New Delhi on a layover before flying to Turkey.
The arrest is a major victory for US law enforcement agents, who are pressing for Storchark's extradition via diplomatic channels. It's often next to impossible to extradite suspected hackers from many eastern European countries. "His extradition and prosecution would have been very unlikely had he reached his final destination of Ukraine," Indian authorities said in a statement.
Storchark was one of 11 men charged in August 2008 with hacking the networks of TJX and other retailers. The ringleader of the operation, Albert Gonzalez, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in March after pleading guilty in three separate cases brought in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
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Let's not forget what was really wrong
TJX and its subsidiary brands retained card numbers and PINs in their insecure systems. Just who was the dimwitted marketing wonk who thought this was a good idea, the news has not said, but a stunt like this has all the earmarks of a marketing wonk thinking he could do "research" on the customer base.
First rule of organizing any business: keep the lawyers, the accountants, and the marketing wonks in cages in the basement and never ever let them initiate anything. If you need their advice, then fine, let them out into the daylight for a half hour or so, but keep their hands tied behind their backs so they can't grab the levers of authority.
Jobs, because he's a marketing wonk in some sense.
I don't think Indian police cares a hoot about the IT exports from the private sector. (IT exports are a small percentage of GDP for India & under a different ministry). My guess is that it is some sort of quid pro quo with US police in relation to an ongoing extradition of a terrorist (David Headley) from USA to India.
Apparently somewhat comparable to the case of Gary McKinnon
......allegedly, an Asperger's Syndrome adult who hacked into United States military computers to get secret UFO evidence. Any part of which statement may be less than strictly a true description of the circumstances. Anyway they're having him (or trying to)... do you suppose this other bloke is reading up on Asperger's currently? It may not matter: fraud is nasty. In my opinion if he's allowed out on the streets pmental-wise then he can be held accountable for his actions.