By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Two Vietnamese citizens and a Canadian have been charged with running a massive cyberfraud ring that stole 1 billion email addresses, then sent spam offering knockoff software products, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The Justice Department described the hacking spree as "one of the largest" data breaches uncovered in U.S. history. It declined to name the email companies that were victimized, though it appeared that the breaches included a massive 2011 attack on email marketing firm Epsilon. Security blogger Brian Krebs reported that Epsilon, a unit of Alliance Data Systems Corp, was among the victims.
Youngsters Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic handed Australia a surprise 2-0 lead over hosts the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Ostrava on Friday. Kokkinakis, an 18-year-old world number 133 and Australia's number two, first stunned 31st-ranked Czech number one player Lukas Rosol 4-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 in three-and-a-half hours. Tomic, ranked 38th, then saw off 45th-ranked Jiri Vesely in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in two hours and 28 minutes.
The US space probe Dawn began orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday on a voyage of discovery into the solar system's main asteroid belt, where it will collect a trove of data and photos, NASA said. The probe -- the first to orbit a dwarf planet -- will stay over the mysterious body for 16 months to study its structure and gather clues to help mankind better understand how Earth and the other planets were created. Dawn was captured by the dwarf planet's gravity at 1239 GMT, some 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) from Ceres's surface. About an hour after reaching Ceres, Dawn sent a signal to mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to say it was "healthy and thrusting with its ion engine," the space agency said.