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Albert Gonzalez Credit Card HackerThis 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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4 Responses to “Infamous Credit Card Hacker Albert Gonzalez Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison”

  1. Wow, what an ego that guy has! I mean to work for the Secret Service and still think you can get away with credit card scams…

    I think 20 years is plenty long! One stipulation would have to be no computers for him in prison!!!

    • Joel says:

      Haha good point, could you imagine the temptation for him just sitting there in prison but with a computer…it’s not like the Miami prison system would be able to keep him from hacking out :)

  2. He might be sentenced to 20 years but I doubt that he will serve it. The Secret Service will probably ask him to do some real dirty work for them in exchange for less time… sounds like the plot to a movie.

    • Joel says:

      You are definitely right about it sounding like a plot to a movie. The only question is how the plot would turn at the end – would it be predictable where the “misguided young genius” finally comes to the good side and helps the Feds foil an evil plot in order to win the attention of the lead attractive female agent assigned to his case? lol

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