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Over almost two years, Hieu Minh Ngo made $2 million by providing illegal access to a massive database of personal information to hundreds of criminals. (Photo: Thinkstock)

(Bloomberg) — Stealing credit card information had become a grind. The hacker was spending 12 hours a day hunched over a keyboard, scanning the Internet for weaknesses he could exploit to pilfer data he’d sell for increasingly meager sums.


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