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The host committee for the Democratic National Convention has arranged with Goodwill Industries of Denver to have workers with physical and mental disabilities help assemble 20,000 welcome bags for convention delegates and media representatives.
Goodwill also will deliver the bags to hotels where convention visitors will be staying during the Democrats’ Aug. 25-28 gathering in Denver, the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee announced Tuesday.
The bags will contain more than 40 items, all donated by various host committee sponsors. Host committee volunteers will aid in the project.
Goodwill will pay for the assembly project. The budget was not disclosed.
U.S. charges 11 in theft of TJX customer data
By Scott Malone
BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government charged 11 people on Tuesday with stealing tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers from major retailers including TJX Cos Inc, in one of the largest reported identity-theft incidents on record.
The U.S. Attorney in BJ’s Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, , , Forever 21 and .said those charged were involved in the theft of more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers from retailers that included:
Framingham, Massachusetts-based TJX, which owns the Marshall’s and TJ Maxx chains, was the hardest hit by the ring, acknowledging in March 2007 that information from 45.7 million credit cards was stolen from its computers.
The charges target three people from the United States, three from the Ukraine, two from China, one from Estonia and one from Belarus.
The ring, which authorities said was headed by a Miami man named Albert Gonzalez, hacked into the retailers’ computer networks to capture the numbers, which they then stored on computer servers in the United States and Eastern Europe.
They then sold the information to people in the United States and Europe, who used it to withdraw tens of thousands of dollars at a time from automated teller machines, authorities said.
“This case clearly shows how strokes on a keyboard with a criminal purpose can have costly results,”, U.S. Attorney in Boston, said in a statement. “Consumers, companies and governments from around the world must further develop ways to protect our sensitive personal and business information.”
Gonzalez, who is being held by New York authorities on another computer hacking-related charge, was charged with computer fraud, wire fraud, access-device fraud, aggravated identity theft and conspiracy, authorities said.
He faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.
TJX has agreed to pay more than $60 million to credit-card networks Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc to settle complaints related to the incident, which is one of the largest on record based on the number of accounts involved.