Florida Man Charged For Trying To Steal Data From 130 Million Credit, Debit Cards
August 18, 2009 4:52 a.m. EST
Windsor Genova - AHN News Writer
Washington, D.C. (AHN) - The U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey on Monday charged a man from Miami. Florida and two suspects in Russia for trying to steal data from 130 million credit and debit cards by hacking corporate computers.
The attempt of Albert Gonzalez, 28, and the unidentified accomplices to steal the numbers and account information from the credit card data systems of Princeton-based card payment processor Heartland Payment Systems Inc., convenience store 7-Eleven Inc., and supermarket chain Hannaford Brothers Co., is believed to be the largest credit card theft in the U.S.
Gonzales, who is already in jail awaiting trial for hacking the computer networks of restaurant chain Dave and Buster's and other companies to steal data from 40 million credit cards, is suspected of using virus software to clandestinely steal information during unprotected online retail transactions.
A conviction will mean a 20-year prison term for Gonzales.