The giant of retail merchandise, Luxottica Retail, distributor of brands such as Anne Klein, Bulgari, Chanel and Ralph Lauren has been hacked and information about 59 000 former employees have been stolen from the mainframe.
According to Lt. Jeff Braley from the Cyber Crimes Task Force of the Warren County Sheriff, the suspected hacker breached the mainframe without even hiding her IP address. The incredible omission let the police to a woman called Molly Burns, a 30 years old resident of Glendale, Arizona. The Burns’ apartment has been raided this summer during a heroin raid and a unspecified number of computers have been seized by the police.
“You not only see the criminal history this suspect has, but you see the ties that they have and that is much more worrisome,” Braley said.
According to News 5, the arrest record of the suspected hacker includes forgery, theft and drug abuse. Burns is now on the run and three different police departments in Arizona are also looking for her. The FBI will soon take over the case.
No details were given on how the attack was carried on. Any additional information would be appreciated. Luxottica Retail claimed that their systems have been secured since.
 “Thousands At Risk After Hacker Breaches Computer Mainframe”, Eric Flack, WLWT, November 24, 2008, http://www.wlwt.com/news/18055756/detail.html (accessed on November 25, 2008)