Hannaford Bros.

Staying ahead of the hackers

August 18, 2009: 2:10 PM ET

Justice Department nabs three alleged cyberthiefs, but for corporate America network threats are a persistent problem.

As consumers digest the latest scary headline about credit and debit card theft - this week the Justice Department indicted three men in connection with the largest identity theft case ever to reach America's courts - businesses are scrambling to find ways to protect information against increasingly persistent and brazen cybercriminals.

The men, who include 28 year-old Miami resident Albert Gonzalez, are now are accused of hacking into the computer systems of five companies, including credit-card processing company Heartland Payment Systems Inc., Hannaford Bros. supermarkets, and 7-Eleven to steal more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers.

Gonzalez's name may ring a bell because he has been affiliated with similar cases in the past: he has been tied to other large data theft cases including the theft of more than 40 million credit card numbers from T.J. Maxx parent TJX (TJX) , OfficeMax (OMX), Barnes & Nobles (BN) and other companies last summer as well as the theft of thousands of cards from Dave & Busters in 2007. Gonzalez is currently in jail awaiting trial, according to news reports. More

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