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Aug 30, 2015 10:03 AM

Man gets 13 years in prison for stealing, selling personal data

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A federal judge has sentenced a 25-year-old man to 13 years in prison for hacking into business computers in the U.S., then stealing and selling personal information to other cybercriminals.

Hieu Minh Ngo had pleaded guilty to several federal fraud charges in New Hampshire and New Jersey. He was sentenced Tuesday.

Authorities say Ngo, from his home in Vietnam, offered for sale millions of stolen identities from 2007 to 2013. They say the data included names, birthdates, social security numbers, bank account and routing numbers.

Ngo admitted offering access to personal information for 200 million people. Authorities say he made nearly $2 million.

The Internal Revenue Service says more than 13,000 people whose information was sold by Ngo were victimized by the filing of $65 million in fraudulent tax returns.


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