The U.S. Department of Justice has charged three men inconnection to the largest data breach ever, whichexposed 1 billion e-mail records from more than 100 differentbusinesses from 2009 to 2012.

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Two Vietnamese citizens–Viet Quoc Nguyen and Giang Hoang Vu, whowere both residing in the Netherlands–have been charged withhacking into U.S. e-mail service providers. Montreal-based CanadianDavid-Manuel Santos Da Silva was charged with helping the two menknowingly convert stolen e-mail addresses into $2 million inprofits via his affiliate-marketing company, called 21 Celsius,which operated a site called Marketbay.com.

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According to DataBreachToday, a multimediawebsite that provides security, risk management, privacyand fraud information, the men allegedly hacked into the customerfiles of Epsilon, a company that sends more than 40 billion e-mailsannually for companies including Citi, Chase, U.S. Bank,Capital One, Barclays Bank of Delaware, Verizon, Walgreens, Visa,Kroger, Marriott International, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Tivo.

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Vu and Da Silva have been arrested; Nguyen remains at large.

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DataBreachToday breaks down the 29-count indictment against themen, who used both phishing and malware to hack into the system,download customer data and send unauthorized e-mail campaigns thatfeatured fraudulent products. Click here to read the article.

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