A Vietnamese crook has started a 13-year stretch behind bars for hacking into corporate America, and offering to sell personal information on 200 million US citizens.
Hieu Minh Ngo, 25, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, identity fraud, and access device fraud charges, and four counts of computer fraud and abuse. Judge Paul J. Barbadoro, in the US district court of New Hampshire, sentenced Ngo this week.
The court heard that Ngo ran an identity-theft operation in Vietnam: he hacked into US companies to obtain people's personal records, and sold that private information to criminals and other scumbags. Such information included victims' names, dates of birth, social security numbers, phone numbers, copies of driving licenses, and bank card numbers – a perfect gift for identity thieves and fraudsters.