TJX Data Breach


NYT Goes Deep On Albert Gonzalez Story

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.

ID Theft Ring Suspect Caught in India

Sergey Storchak was detained after he landed in
New Delhi on a domestic flight from the southwestern holiday state of
Goa, a police spokesman said. He is one of 11 people wanted by
the U.S. Justice Department in “the largest hacking and identity theft
case ever prosecuted,” which was filed in August 2008. Read the full article. [Dark Reading]

Feds Seek 25-Year Sentence for TJX Hacker

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]

Stephen Watt, a 25-year-old former Morgan Stanley software engineer,
pleaded guilty last December to creating a custom sniffing program
dubbed “blabla” that Albert Gonzalez and other hackers used to siphon millions
of credit and debit card numbers from TJX’s network; Watt received a 2 year Federal prison sentence. Read the full article. [Wired]

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