An e-mail author claiming to be the thief who released as many as 25,000 stolen credit card numbers earlier this month told NBC News he'll soon start distributing more card numbers on a new Web site. "Maxus", aka "Maxim", claims to have stolen 300,000 credit card files from online music retailer CD Universe.
The site he set up to hand out stolen card information was shut down over the weekend, but a writer identifying himself as the thief told NBC he'll open up a new site "soon." In a separate note to MSNBC, the same writer hinted part of his motivation was to criticize e-commerce companies that don't do enough to preserve users' privacy.
The heist sent shockwaves through the e-commerce world over the weekend. The intruder, who claims to have plundered 300,000 credit card numbers from an Internet music retailer's computers, posted thousands of numbers on a Web page after failing to force the company to pay him $100,000. The FBI is investigating the theft and attempted extortion, and the company, CD Universe, said it was advising customers that their credit card data could have been compromised.
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