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March 25, 2010

"Hacker Gets 20 Years in Largest Identity-Theft Case"

The title of this post is the headline of this Bloomberg news report.  Here are the details:

Miami man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for charges linked to computer hacking in what prosecutors called the largest identity-theft case in U.S. history.

Albert Gonzalez, 28, who had worked as a federal informant, admitted last year he led an international ring that stole 40 million credit- and debit-card records from U.S. retailers including TJX Cos.,OfficeMax Inc. and BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. U.S. District Judge Patti Saris ordered Gonzalez to also serve three years’ probation and pay a $25,000 fine, while declining to give him the maximum 25-year sentence prosecutors sought.

Gonzalez, a high-school graduate, pleaded guilty to charges laid out in indictments in federal courts in Boston and New York stemming from his computer hacking....

The 20-year sentence “sends a signal that when you do this kind of stuff, you get a serious sentence,” the judge said....

After Gonzalez was first arrested in 2003, he agreed to become an informant for U.S. Secret Service agents, who paid him $75,000 a year for information on the activities of fellow hackers, CNN reported yesterday. Prosecutors contend that Gonzalez was drawn back into computer-hacking activities while serving as an informant.

The government’s lawyers said in court filings Gonzalez and his confederates created the U.S.’s largest identity-theft ring. “Gonzalez was at the center of the largest and most costly series of identity thefts in the nation’s history,” prosecutors said in court papers....

As part of his plea, Gonzalez agreed to forfeit more than $1.65 million in U.S. currency, a condominium in Miami, a blue 2006 BMW automobile, IBM and Toshiba laptop computers and related equipment, a Glock 27 handgun, a Tiffany diamond ring and three Rolex watches.

More than $1 million of the cash Gonzalez agreed to turn over to the government was discovered outside his parents’ home in Miami, prosecutors said. “You do seem remorseful and you did give up that $1 million buried in your parents’ backyard,” Saris said before sentencing Gonzales in the middle of the 15- to 25-year range that was part of his plea agreement with prosecutors.

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This is good but at the same time bad since this hackers as we also look them as criminals their are great computer geeks ? what do you think guys ?

Posted by: click here | Feb 4, 2011 2:00:51 AM

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