Friday, September 18, 2009

Hacker Agrees to Plead Guilty in Two Massive Data Thefts

Albert Gonzalez, who is currently charged in New Jersey with stealing credit and debit card data from a record number of victims, has agreed to plead guilty to charges relating to two previous hacking cases in Massachusetts and New York. The Massachusetts case gained national attention several years ago when Gonzalez stole more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers from several major retailers, including the TJX Companies Inc.

The deals in Massachusetts and New York do not affect a third case pending in New Jersey, where Gonzalez is alleged to have stolen data related to more than 130 million credit and debit cards. The New Jersey case is the largest credit and debit card breach in US history.

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