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Authorities investigating the massive holiday-season hack into Target Corp.'s systems arrested two Mexicans trying to enter the U.S. in McAllen, Texas, with scores of fraudulent credit cards.
The arrests of Daniel Dominguez Guardiola and Mary Carmen Vaquera Garcia may indicate that stolen information from as many as 110 million Target customers is making its way through U.S. stores through small groups of shoppers with fraudulent cards.
Customs and Border Protection officers detained Guardiola, 28, and Garcia, 27, before turning them over to local authorities, McAllen Police Lt. Joel Morales said. Police had outstanding arrest warrants for Guardiola and Garcia alleging credit- and debit-card fraud.
The pair, both from Monterrey, Mexico, were found carrying 90 fraudulent payment cards, Morales said, and authorities eventually seized 22 more.
Target said last month that up to 40 million customers' credit and debit card accounts used for purchases at its stores nationwide were illegally accessed by cybercriminals from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15.
The Minneapolis company later said that hackers also may have taken the names and the home and email addresses of as many as 70 million in-store and online shoppers.
On Monday, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said the investigation is "active and ongoing" and referred questions about the McAllen arrests to local law enforcement.
McAllen police began receiving reports of fraudulent credit card use from local retailers last week, Morales said. Police launched an investigation, teaming up with ICE and the Secret Service.
Morales said federal law enforcement agencies are expected to file more charges against Garcia and Guardiola "in the near future." He said it was "too early" to say whether authorities are looking for more suspects.
Garcia and Guardiola are in a McAllen police holding cell and will be arraigned by Tuesday, Morales said.
Longtime security analyst Bruce Schneier said the arrests played out in a familiar way.
"It's not that we find criminals like this through cyber-forensics. We get them in the real world when they do something stupid," said Schneier, chief technology officer at cybersecurity firm Co3 Systems. "It's invariably how it works: Getting credit cards is easy. Turning it into cash is hard."
Schneier acknowledged, however, that the criminals who carried out the initial breach may not be the same ones who end up using the stolen data. Often, payment card account information is sold on the black market and used to make illegal purchases, he said.
Target is being sued by more than a dozen customers over the breach, as well as by a Seattle law firm accusing the retailer of ignoring earlier warnings about flaws in its protective systems.
Separately, Putnam Bank in Connecticut filed a federal complaint against Target alleging that the hack has resulted in "significant losses" for the bank as it reissues payment cards and reimburses customers for fraud-related losses.
"In a lot of ways, credit card fraud is irrelevant to most people because credit card companies are so efficient on making good on any damages," Schneier said.
The Target attack now appears to rank as the nation's biggest cybercrime against a single retailer. The 110 million potential victims could represent more than a third of the U.S. population.
"We're at a scale that has probably never been seen before," said Scott Mitic, senior vice president at consumer credit rating firm Equifax, said this month. "This is going to be a case study that people will talk about for another decade."
The two batches of data were stolen simultaneously but affected different sets of data and customers.
Target disclosed the theft of the first batch Dec. 19, saying cyberthieves lifted primarily financial information from people who shopped at its stores and used credit or debit cards Nov. 27 to Dec. 15. The information stolen included customer names, card numbers and a security code encrypted in cards' magnetic strips.
The second batch, disclosed Jan. 10, encompassed largely personal information such as names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses from shoppers online or in a store over an indeterminate amount of time.
Matching personal and financial details from the two batches, experts said, could clear a path for the culprits to make fraudulent purchases, siphon money from bank accounts or steal victims' identities.
Target has promised to offer affected customers free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for one year.
Last week, cyber-intelligence firm ISight Partners said a new piece of malicious software known as Kaptoxa has "potentially infected a large number of retail information systems." The company said it was working with the U.S. Secret Service when it made the discovery.
Neiman Marcus Group said this month that its customers' credit and debit card information also was stolen, although Social Security numbers and birth dates seemed to be safe.
The upscale retailer said that online shoppers weren't affected and that it had "no knowledge of any connection" to the Target breach.
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Ex-Judge Charged With Stealing Cocaine From Cases
May 23, 2013 5:26 PM
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The Pennsylvania State Police have charged a western Pennsylvania judge with stealing cocaine from evidence in cases he presided over before he abruptly resigned last year.
According to police, the charges against former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky will be prosecuted in Washington County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Michael Ahwesh.
Pozonsky sat on the bench for nearly 30 years, first as a magistrate and then in Common Pleas Court.
The Associated Press could not immediately locate a home telephone for Pozonsky who last year moved to Alaska and was briefly hired there as a worker’s compensation hearing officer before he quit amid questions about his residency status. A message left on his wife’s cell phone was not immediately returned Thursday.
In May of 2011, Poznosky allegedly began to request that police bring the confiscated drugs into the courtroom. At that time, the drugs would be entered as evidence and then retained by either Poznosky or his staff.
A year later in May of 2012, state police investigators looked at the evidence envelopes and discovered cocaine was missing or had been tampered with.
KDKA’s Paul Martino: “What this looks like, is a sitting judge accused of snorting evidence – cocaine?
Bob Del Greco, Pozonsky’s attorney: “I think that’s a fair representation of the allegations.”
Pozonsky was arraigned Thursday morning.
Martino: “Do you have reason to believe that he has a drug problem? Has he gone to rehab?
Del Greco: “I… I’m really not in a position to discuss with any particularity the allegations now.”
Poznosky is facing a list of charges including, theft, possession and misappropriation of entrusted property.
“This is troubling. This is humbling as you might expect,” said Del Greco. “And it’s a serious matter and he’s taking it as such.”
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