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Friday, March 26, 2010

Credit Card Hacker, Albert Gonzalez, Sentenced to 20 Years

Albert Gonzalez, who played a major role in the theft of more than 130 million credit and debit card account numbers, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a judge who called it "The largest and most costly example of computer hacking in US history." 28-year old Gonzalez, from Miami, plead guilty last year.

Albert Gonzalez and two, Russian co-conspirators "injected" SQL coding into the payment processing software of some 250+ retailers to exploit weaknesses in the programs, thus gaining access to customers' sensitive data.

As part of a plea bargain, Gonzalez handed over jewelry, his car, his home, and $1 million in cash he had buried in his parents' garden.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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