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News Wrap: Credit Card Hackers Indicted for Stealing More Than $300 Million

July 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
In other news Thursday, a group of hackers from Russia and Ukraine were charged with stealing cash and goods totaling more than $300 million by accessing credit and debit card numbers through computers of major corporations. Also, a train derailment in Spain left 80 dead and nearly 100 more with injuries.
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KWAME HOLMAN: Federal prosecutors indicted four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian for hacking corporate computers to steal millions in cash and goods.They’re charged with stealing some 160 million credit and debit card numbers, then creating and selling their own cards in the largest such case in U.S. history.The operation targeted 17 American and international corporations, including J.C. Penney, 7/Eleven and Nasdaq, resulting in losses of more than $300 million.

 U.S. attorney Paul Fishman said two of the alleged hackers are in custody.

PAUL FISHMAN, U.S. attorney, district of New Jersey:The individuals charged and arrested in this case are the ones at the top, the ones who steal the data that they sell to the folks who cash out.By arresting two of the key players and identifying three of the others, we believe we have taken a major step toward dismantling this organization.

KWAME HOLMAN: Prosecutors said the other three suspects in the case remained at large.Police in Northwest Spain are questioning the driver of a train that derailed catastrophically after apparently traveling at an excessive speed.

At least 80 people on board died and nearly 100 were injured.The crash happened last night outside Santiago de Compostela, as the city’s annual Catholic festival was getting under way.

We have a report narrated by Lewis Vaughan Jones of Independent Television News.

LEWIS VAUGHAN JONES: From just above the wreckage, the man filming here is repeating the words “What horror.”Hundreds of people were in these carriages.

 On top of the bank, train seats are scattered on the ground, and one whole carriage landed here.People are trying to rescue passengers inside.Down on the track, other attempts to help seem futile.These are the moments just before the crash.

We have stopped the picture, but, as the train rounds the corner, the carriages tip and smash into the bank.The crash happened around 8:40 last night.This is one of Europe’s worst-ever train crashes, just two miles from Santiago de Compostela station.This morning, the work of clearing through the destruction — here, people’s suitcases are being taken away.

The huge scale of all this visible in the smallest facial expression.The Spanish prime minister has declared three days of official mourning across the country.

He said, “Today, we have lived through a terrible, dramatic accident which I fear will stay in our memories for a long time.”

The carriages have been winched away.Questions now about how this could have happened.And, with speed a factor, one of the train drivers is being investigated.

KWAME HOLMAN: The State Department confirmed one of those killed in last night’s crash was an American.Five Americans were among the injured.

A new wave of bombing and shooting attacks swept across Iraq today, killing at least 42 people.The deadliest blast happened inside a busy cafe north of Baghdad; 16 Iraqis died.The recent increase in violence has claimed the lives of more than 550 people so far this month.

Chinese officials have charged ousted politician Bo Xilai with bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.Bo ran the metropolis Chongqing for five years and was a rising star in the Communist Party.But early last year, he was caught up in a scandal involving his wife and the murder of a British businessman.The 64-year-old Bo hasn’t been seen in public for 17 months.His trial is expected begin within weeks.

The death toll in the two-and-a-half-year-long Syrian conflict has now surpassed 100,000.That’s according to an estimate out today from the United Nations.The grim milestone came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with leaders of Syria’s opposition at the U.N.He urged them to seek a political solution to end the civil war.

The Labor Department today reported the number of Americans applying for jobless benefits rose slightly last week.Still, stocks managed modest gains on Wall Street.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 13 points to close above 15,555.The NASDAQ rose 25 points to close at 3,605.

Pioneering sex researcher Virginia Johnson has died.Johnson transformed the study of human sexuality in the 1960s along with her husband, the late William Masters, and penned two bestselling books.They also conducted critical research on the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders and dysfunctions.Virginia Johnson was 88 years old.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.