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Hacker accused of massive ID theft – Washington Times

August 18, 2009
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Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Authorities say he hacked into the computer networks of major American retail and financial outlets, stealing data relating to more than 130 million credit and debit cards, about one-tenth of the U.S. total, authorities said. Authorities said Mr. Gonzalez, whose online nicknames included "soupnazi," worked with two men in Russia and targeted the 7-Eleven convenience store chain; Heartland Payment Systems, a New Jersey-based company that is one of the world’s largest credit and debit card payment-processing companies; and Hannaford Brothers, a supermarket chain in the Northeast. The indictment says the scheme also targeted two other companies, which it did not name. "Upon stealing the credit and debit card data, Gonzalez and the co-conspirators would seek to sell the data to others who would use it to make fraudulent purchases, make unauthorized withdrawals from banks and further identity theft schemes," the Justice Department said in a statement.  

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