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VISA and Mastercards cards are seen on the top of a laptop keyboards. (Photo by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the indictment of members of the notorious Ukrainian cybercrime group Carbanak — Dmytro Fedorov, Fedir Hladyr and Andrii Kopakov. also known as Fin7, is a well-organized, almost businesslike, criminal outfit that stole credit card information using custom malware.

Why it matters: The U.S. indictment charges the group with attacks on over 100 victims in 47 states. Carbanak is one of the most aggressive criminal actors of its kind, using sophisticated social engineering techniques to lure victims — they would go as far as to call victims before sending a phishing email to set up the con.

The details: The group recruited hackers using a front company called "Combi Security," according to the indictment. Combi claimed to have offices in Israel and the Ukraine.

The case is being tried in the Western District of Washington. The Department of Justice credits help from a handful of U.S. and international law enforcement groups as well as private security companies and banks including Visa and Mastercard.

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CIA Director Gina Haspel almost resigned in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelations stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.