The Saddam Husseins of the computer hacker world have been caught, federal authorities announced today.
(Of course, it's the same day I'm rushing to get on a plane to Black Hat in Vegas, so it only figures a major news story breaks).
The feds nabbed 11 people, three from the United States, who are accused of hacking into the wireless networks of nine retailers - including TJX - and netting more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers.
(This number seems a little out-of-whack to me, considering some estimates have placed the TJX breach at nearly 100 million card numbers).
The defendants are not just responsible for TJX - that, in itself, would have been a heckuva takedown - but also some of the other biggest reported breaches of all time, including BJ's Wholesale Club, DSW and Dave & Buster's.
I must say, I'm quite shocked that this gang was involved in all of these digital heists. But it sounds like they got greedy - and everyone is gonna get caught sooner or later.
I am normally a little cynical about cybercriminal arrests - I just figure there's plenty of other folks waiting in the wings to fill the void - but this sounds like it could have punched quite the hole into the problem. Of course, given the vulnerability of many businesses, I still have to believe another TJX isn't too far off.