[ISN] TJX Hacker Gets 20 Years in Prison

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:04:51 -0600 (CST)

By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
March 25, 2010

BOSTON -- Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years 
in prison on Thursday for leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole more 
than 90 million credit and debit card numbers from TJX and other 

The sentence for the largest computer-crime case ever prosecuted is the 
lengthiest ever imposed in the United States for hacking or 
identity-theft. Gonzalez was also fined $25,000. Restitution, which will 
likely be in the tens of millions, was not decided Thursday.

Clean-cut, wearing a beige jail uniform and wireframe glasses, the 
28-year-old Gonzalez sat motionless at his chair during Thursday's 
proceedings, his hands folded in front of him.

Before the sentence was pronounced, Gonzalez told the court he deeply 
regrets his crimes, and is remorseful for having taken advantage of the 
personal relationships he'd forged. "Particularly one I had with a 
certain government agency - that gave me a second chance in life," said 
the hacker, who had worked as a paid informant for the Secret Service. 
"I blame nobody but myself."


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