Vietnamese charged for selling personal info of 500,000 Americans

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A Vietnamese has been indicted for allegedly stealing and selling personal information of 500,000 Americans, the US Justice Department said in a Friday statement.

The announcement said that Ngo Hieu Minh, 24, had participated in an international scheme from 2007 through 2012 to profit from personal data by selling them through various underground websites.

The information includes the persons' names, dates of birth, social security numbers, bank account numbers, bank routing numbers, and credit or debit card information.

Ngo was arrested upon his entry into the United States in February 2013.

He had been charged in November 2012 with 15 counts of wire fraud and identity fraud, and access device fraud. The most serious charges on the wire fraud conspiracy counts carry a maximum penalties of 20 years in prison.

The indictment said Ngo operated one or more online marketplaces for various carding activities, known as carder forums, where he stored and offered for sale packages of personal information, known as "fullz."

Most of the victims were from New Hampshire.

He charged higher prices for more recent data, and received payment in the form of digital currency, officials said.

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