(Bloomberg) -- Three men were charged with a hacking and spamming scheme that targeted the personal identifying information of more than 60 million people, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.

The men hacked the computers of four companies and used data they stole to send unsolicited e-mails in bulk, or spam, earning illegal profit of more than $2 million, according to an indictment in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. One target was a Pennsylvania telecommunications firm with records for 50 million people, according to the indictment, which said one defendant estimated they actually stole 24.5 million records.

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