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Hacker 'Albert Gonzalez' Steals Millions, Pulls 20 Year Sentence

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    this is why you shouldn't hack comps! :batman:


    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...-million-damage-hacker-sentenced-1928313.html

    http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/reviews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224200438

    One of the world's most notorious computer hackers was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to helping run a global ring that stole tens of millions of payment card numbers.

    Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-old college dropout from Miami, had confessed to helping lead a ring that stole more than 40 million payment card numbers by breaking into retailers including TJX Cos Inc, BJ's Wholesale Club Inc and Barnes & Noble.

    It was the harshest sentence ever handed down for a computer crime in an
    American court, said Mark Rasch, former head of the computer crimes unit at the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Gonzalez and conspirators scattered across the globe caused some $200 million in damages to those businesses, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann.

    Heymann said it was not possible to quantify how much money was stolen from individuals. "They would quite literally go to ATMS and take out bundles of money from victims' accounts", Heymann told the court in Boston.

    Under his plea agreement, Gonzalez had faced up to 25 years in prison, but
    asked the judge for leniency in sentencing, saying he had been addicted to
    computers since childhood, had abused alcohol and illegal drugs for years
    and suffered from symptoms of Asperger's disorder, a form of autism.

    "I stand before you humbled by the past 22 months sober." he told U.S.
    District Court Judge Patti Saris with his parents and sister watching from
    the front row of a packed gallery.

    Gonzalez, who buried $1 million cash in the backyard of his parents' home,
    said that his crimes got out of control "because of my inability to stop my
    pursuit of curiosity and addiction."

    Heymann urged Saris to issue a stiff sentence, saying it would send a strong
    message to potential criminals that the government takes computer crimes
    seriously.

    "He shook a portion of our financial system", Heymann said. "What matters most is that teenagers and young adults not look up to Albert Gonzalez. They need to know that they will be caught. That they will be punished and that the punishment will be severe."

    In a statement, TJX said, "We are grateful that the investigation and
    prosecution of cyber crime continues to be a top priority of the U.S. Secret
    Service and Department of Justice", and added that the number of retailers
    hit highlighted how widespread a problem hacking is.

    Gonzalez's prison term could be extended as another judge on Friday will
    sentence him on a second set of charges for which he has also pleaded guilty -- stealing tens of millions more payment card numbers from companies including payment card processor Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven Inc and the Hannaford chain of New England grocery stores.
     
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    Yow! Fortunately for me I'm not smart enough to do something like this. I bet the
    aspergers played a big role since the suffers can be obsessive.
     
  3. lifco

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    Yer they even got SoLo aka gary mckinnon just proves no one is untouchable
     
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    probably... after the war they gave safe haven to nazi scientists.
    if they can use you, they will. doesn't matter how bad you are...
     
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    This guy has partners around the globe, maybe that something "secret" is to find the rest of the hackers? lol
     
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    Or after a couple years in prison. they are going to remove him under "good behavior" and give him a 6-figure job in the DoJ or Private Sector.
     
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    You don't have to be a genius to steal financial information over the internet.
    You just have to be really stupid to think you can get away with it forever.
     
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    know when to quit... :D :cool:
     
  11. Gupnup

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    They need to learn to go offshore.

    Also, with US prisons overcrowded, he'll be out in a few years since hes a white collar criminal + he'll have good behavior methinks.
     
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    How much did he get out of the 40 mill ? I mean if he could bury the shit somewhere in cayman island, behave well in the joint, out in 4 to 5 yrs it could still be worthed.

    Not that I condone his behaviour though
     
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    if he buried 1 million dollars in his parent's backyard he probably buried money in other places that he's not talking about. also, i'm sure his partners in the ring who live in foreign countries are holding a fair bit of cash for him.

    all he has to do is ride out his sentence, get out and live quietly off the cash he will dig up and get from his partners. considering the state of US prisons at this time, he should be out relatively quickly.