Aug. 17, 2009 NEW YORK - "Three men were indicted on Monday for allegedly stealing more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers
in what U.S. authorities said they believe is the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted. Albert Gonzalez, a former government informant already in jail in connection with hacking cases, and two unnamed Russians were indicted on charges related to five corporate data breaches from 2006 to 2008
. Card numbers were stolen in those breaches from credit-card processor Heartland Payment Systems and retail chains 7-Eleven Inc and Hannaford Brothers Co, prosecutors said... Gonzalez was being held in a Brooklyn jail. Prosecutors would not comment on the whereabouts of the two Russians. All three were charged with conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers, to commit fraud in connection with computers and to damage computers, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud
. Each faces up to 35 years in prison and large fines if convicted..."