Hacker Agrees to Guilty Plea in Massive Data Breach Case
Reputed hacker Albert
Under the plea agreement, Gonzalez, 28, will face a maximum of 25 years in prison. According to authorities, he is at the center of a ring of cyber-thieves who swiped credit and debit card information from companies ranging from Heartland to Barnes & Noble.
The deal reportedly covers
Gonzalez and 10 other
people from five countries were charged in 2008 with stealing 41 million credit
and debit card numbers from several retailers, including Barnes & Noble,
Boston Market, OfficeMax and
The indictment filed
against Gonzalez in
When they announced the indictment in New Jersey, U.S. Department of Justice officials said the success of the investigation was in part due to the companies taking a proactive approach to working with law enforcement.
"This investigation marks the continued success of law enforcement in tracking down cutting edge hacking schemes committed by hackers working together across the globe," said Ralph J. Marra Jr., acting U.S. Attorney, in a statement.