A CYBERGANG who stole credit card details of Runcorn shoppers has been busted in the USA.
The conspiracy is said to be the biggest ever identity theft case ever prosecuted.
A US secret service double agent, Albert Gonzalez, who sold the details to fraudsters in Eastern Europe has been arrested along with two Florida men, an Estonian, and a Ukrainian.
Six men including two Chinese, a Belarussian, and a Ukrainian, remain on the run.
In 2007 The Weekly News reported that hackers had stolen credit and debit card information of more than 45 million customers, including those of people shopping at TK Maxx, Trident Retail Park, Runcorn.
In December 2006 TK Maxx bosses sent a confidential email to employees alerting them of the security breach, and customers were urged to check their bank statements for rogue transactions.
The alert said that information had been stolen relating to transactions going back to May 2006.
The company says it has since tightened computer security and worked closely with banks to ensure customer confidentiality.
The manager of TK Maxx in Runcorn said she was unable to comment on the arrests.