Albert Gonzalez

TJX Hacker Claims Uncle Sam Knew

Jailed hacker and data theft mastermind Albert Gonzalez is reportedly seeking to appeal his guilty plea, arguing that he committed his crimes at the behest of the Secret Service, according to a report by Wired.

You might think everything that needed to be said already has been said about Albert Gonzalez, the mastermind behind the largest public computer security breaches in U.S. history. But the lengthy and up close account of Gonzalez in the New York Times today shows that there are more layers to what is, perhaps, the most spectacular hacking case in recent memory.

Hacker mastermind Albert Gonzalez was sentenced Thursday in U.S.
District Court to two concurrent 20-year stints in prison for his role
in what prosecutors called the “unparalleled” theft of millions of credit card numbers from major U.S. retailers.//

U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris announced the concurrent
sentences in two 2008 cases against Gonzalez, 28, a Cuban-American, who
was born in Miami, where he lived when the crimes were committed.  Read the full story [IDG News Service]

A computer security professional who sold Internet Explorer exploit
code to credit card hacker Albert Gonzalez was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and a $10,000 fine. Jeremy Jethro, 29, was paid $60,000 by Gonzalez for a zero-day
exploit against Microsoft’s browser, “the purpose and function of which
was to … enable the conspirators to unlawfully gain access to, and
redirect, individual’s computers,” according to court records. Read the full article, [Wired]

Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez deserves a quarter-century behind bars
for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole tens of millions of credit
and debit card numbers from a transaction processor and several giant
retail chains, federal prosecutors argued in a recent court filing. Read the full article. [Wired]

Humza Zaman, a co-conspirator in the hack of TJX and other companies,
was sentenced Thursday in Boston to 46 months in prison and fined
$75,000 for his role in the conspiracy. The sentence matches what
prosecutors were seeking. Read the full article. [Wired]

Heartland Payment Systems on Jan. 8 announced that it has agreed to pay up to $60 million to Visa to cover losses to credit and debit cardholders affected by the massive data breach Heartland suffered in 2008. Read the full article. [eWEEK]

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