Three spammers have been charged with the theft of 1 billion email addresses
Today, the Department of Justice announced charges against three defendants over the theft of more than 1 billion email addresses between 2009 and 2012. According to the indictment, Vietnamese citizen Viet Quoc Nguyen broke into eight different email providers, harvesting more than a billion names and emails. An additional accomplice helped him use tens of millions of those emails for spam marketing, while a second accomplice assisted in laundering the proceeds. Nguyen is currently a fugitive, facing computer crime charges. “This case demonstrates there is no such thing as anonymity for those engaging in data theft and fraudulent schemes,” said Secret Service Agent Reginald Moore.
Source:: The Verge