U.S. data thefts turn spotlight on Romania

6:19 AM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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RAMNICU VALCEA, Romania - It's easy to tell which kids in this town have helped to make it a global center for criminal hacking and Internet scams.

They're the pupils who come to school wearing the best clothes and gold jewelry in a region of Romania where chickens are raised in yards and roads are full of potholes.

"In our high school, almost everyone in the 11th and 12th grade did it," said Alina, 22, who worked for a man who bilked Americans and others out of their money online by offering for sale products that did not exist.


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