[ISN] TJX Accomplice Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:35:09 -0600 (CST)

By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
March 29, 2010

BOSTON -- A hacker who helped TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez and others gain 
access to corporate networks was sentenced to 7 years and one day on 
Monday .

Christopher Scott, 27, pleaded guilty to breaching the wireless access 
points of several retailers between 2003 and 2007 to siphon credit and 
debit card numbers, which he then passed to Gonzalez. Prosecutors say 
that together the men pilfered nearly 20 million credit and debit cards, 
which retailers say led to $200 million in losses from fraud.

They used the cards to obtain cash advances from ATMs or sold the 
account information to other carders, who encoded the data to blank and 
counterfeit bank cards for fraudulent use. Scott's take from the crimes 
was at least $400,000, according to prosecutors. He was paid in cash and 
with pre-paid bank cards and used the money to rent limos and partied 
with up to 10 women at a time, prosecutors say, and later bought a car, 
jewelry and $400,000 house.

The government is seeking forfeiture of $400,000, nine computers and an 
array of other electronic goods from Scott. Restitution will be 
determined at a future hearing.

Scott, who is married and has a 6-year-old stepdaughter, has been living 
with his family under home detention, with electronic monitoring, in his 
mother.s Miami house for about two years since his May 2008 arrest. 
During Monday's hearing Scott, who wore glasses, black pants and a beige 
plaid shirt, broke down crying while making a statement to the court.


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