CRIME

Massive Identity Theft Scheme Busted

Three men were indicted on suspicion of stealing more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers, the New York Times reports, in the largest identity theft case to be tried by federal prosecutors. The numbers were stolen from the payment processors including Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven and Hannaford Brothers, federal authorities said. The men are also are accused of hacking into two unidentified corporations by scanning the web sites of Fortune 500 companies to spot vulnerabilities. The scheme is said to be the largest identity theft case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.