This post is a follow up to a recent post about credit card hacking that mentioned the infamous Miami based credit card hacker Albert Gonzalez. Gonzalez was predicted to face a prison sentence of 17 to 25 years and his sentencing is now set at 20 years and one day along with a $25,000 fine.
With a breach of the credit card processing systems at 7-11, Hannaford Brothers, TJ Maxx, Wet Seal, and others Gonzalez was estimated to have stolen upwards of 5 million credit card numbers using a sophisticated program that was a variant of an SQL injection attack.
One interesting thing that I just found out was that Albert Gonzalez was also on the payroll of the Secret Service to the tune of $75,000 per year (paid in all cash so it would be harder to link back to the Secret Service) in exchange for Gonzalez’s help in catching other credit card thieves.
Apparently, the US Secret Service doesn’t play around and/or Gonzalez still thought he could slip something by his new bosses because after working as a confidential informant for the US Secret Service for a year Gonzalez got nabbed in the infamous credit card scam and is now serving his 20 years in prison.
Do you think that the sentencing for credit card hacker Albert Gonzalez was too harsh, too lenient, or right on?
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