Vietnamese national Hieu Minh Ngo sentenced to 13 years in prison for masterminding identity theft ring
July 16 -- A Vietnamese man was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Concord to 13 years in prison for hacking into U.S. businesses' computers, stealing personal data from approximately 200 million U.S. residents, and selling that data to cyber criminals around the globe.
Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith of the District of New Hampshire and of the U.S. Secret Service announced Wednesday that Hieu Minh Ngo, 25, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Paul J. Barbadoro of the District of New Hampshire to 13 years in prison. Ngo pleaded guilty to federal charges brought in the District of New Hampshire and the District of New Jersey, including wire fraud, identity fraud, access device fraud and four counts of computer fraud and abuse.
"This case demonstrates that identity theft is a worldwide threat that has the potential to touch every one of us," said Feith. "I want to acknowledge the excellent work of the United States Secret Service in identifying and capturing Mr. Ngo. This case proves that the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Hampshire will work with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute identity thieves, even if they are halfway around the world."
"From his home in Vietnam, Ngo used Internet marketplaces to offer for sale millions of stolen identities of U.S. citizens to more than a thousand cyber criminals scattered throughout the world," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division in a statement. "Criminals buy and sell stolen identity information because they see it as a low-risk, high-reward proposition. Identifying and prosecuting cyber criminals like Ngo is one of the ways we're working to change that cost-benefit analysis."
"The sentencing of this transnational cyber criminal illustrates another example of Secret Service success in the disruption and dismantling of global criminal networks," said U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy in a statement. "This investigation and the resulting prosecution and sentencing should serve as a warning to criminals that we will relentlessly investigate, detect, and defend the Nation's financial infrastructure. This sentencing joins a long list of successes in combating financial crimes over our 150 year history."
Ngo pleaded guilty March 3, 2013, in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire to wire fraud, identification fraud and fraud in connection with access devices and last month to a separate indictment on four counts of computer fraud. Ngo was involved in a data breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed the Social Security numbers of some 200 million people -- potentially including Granite State residents -- to possible criminal activity. Continue reading at Security Info Watch....
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