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NEWARK, N.J. -- U.S. authorities say two suspects in a massive international scheme to steal 160 million credit and debit card numbers are in custody.

Dmitriy Smilianets is in custody in the U.S. and is expected to appear in a federal court in New Jersey next week. Vladimir Drinkman is in the Netherlands pending extradition.

The Russians were among five men - all from Russia and the Ukraine - named in an indictment announced Thursday in Newark.

More than 130 million card numbers were stolen from Princeton-based Heartland Payment Systems, causing the card processing company losses of $200 million.

Atlanta-based Global Payment Systems had nearly 1 million card numbers stolen and losses of about $93 million.

Customers' log-in credentials were also stolen from the Nasdaq, but prosecutors say its trading platform was not affected.

The Associated Press

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