Arrests near US-Mexico border linked to Target data breach

By KBJR News 1

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 5:47 PM CST

McAllen, TX (NNCNOW.com) - Police in Texas say they've nabbed two people on fraud charges tied to that major data breach at Target in December.

Police made the arrests on Sunday as the duo tried to cross into the U-S from Mexico.

According to The Monitor, an investigation revealed 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez used fraudulent credit cards to make purchases.

Police believe personal information, stolen in the Target security breach, was used for the cards.

They found nearly 100 cloned cards in the couple's possession.

Police are now working with federal officials to investigate how the two got the cards, who made them and who provided them with the data.

"Every day that goes by we think the target data may be devaluating so there will be more pressure to capitalize on them sooner rather than later," said Chief Victor Rodriguez of the McAllen Police Dept.

Police said the Credit Cards were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise at national retailers.

A 17-year-old Russian national from St. Petersburg may be behind the malicious software used in the data breach, according to security firm IntelCrawler.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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