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The alleged ringleader of a retail hacking ring was working for the Feds as an informant at the same time he was allegedly masterminding an even bigger racket. Albert "Segvec" Gonzalez of Miami has been charged, along with ten other suspects, with hacking into nine of the networks of nine major US retailers and lifting 40 …

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Paris Hilton

But... Paris is releasing a counter-ad attacking John McCain...!

Sorry, the biggest ever credit card fraud just isn't important enough...

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Sounds like Whitey Bulgar

Whitey was a top Irish mobster in Boston who was also an informant for the feds. The state kept trying to bust him but the Feds kept getting in the way. Now he is a fugitive, supposedly. More likely in a witness protection program

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Why, why, why does this keep hapening!!!

Ok, so those places should've used WPA or better yet a VPN, or both, but the real problem here lies with the credit card system.

Why can you place a credit card transaction with just a credit card number, and expiration date? Everyone in the world has a freaking cell phone, and with NFC and a randomly generated unique CC number, we already have enough of a system in place to prevent this crap. And yet it continues... I swear to god either the credit card companies are stupid, or they just don't care, and pass the buck to merchants and banks.

RSA key fobs have been around for 20 years, and the CC companies still use a mag strip with a number on it?

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Why, why, why does this keep hapening!!!

Follow the money:

The "losses" are covered by the high fees and interest rates charged by the CC companies and are tax deductible losses incurred by the CC companies that can be deducted from the gross profits.

So the "losses" are simply part of the cost of doing business and, at the end of the day are not really losses at all ... think of it more like advertising.

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Paris Hilton

Say

Say full life without parole , is an excellent way to hide the ring leader in the witness protection program whilst simultaneously shipping the said pond scum as it were to the far flung colonies like Oz down under (sniff!), as everyone now thinks it's doing hard time in the prison shower alcove when in reality , it is in fact living the life of luxury in a far flung mansion as out of sight out of mind is the prevalent culture of Wankee Land of convoluted injustice for the many !

Hopefully , they will charter a reputable airline like Ocean Air so as not to lose this piece of pond scum on the way to Hawaii where he might run into Jack or Lily !

Although Bagram Air Base , Kabul , Afghanistan or the other equivalent down in the Chagos Archipelego on Diego Garcia where could say hullo to "Osama" would be the far better option in this case !

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Anonymous Coward

doesn't that post heading sound a bit cannibalistic?

Bugger shot my load in the title, I've got nothing to say now.

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@ heystoopid

I know Americans think that the world revolves around them but Aus has never and will never be a colony of the US...

Try not to make the same mistake again...

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Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do

What a testament to the possibility of international co-operation...

Pity it only works with thieving gits.

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