Posted by: Jay Dugan
7 Eleven, Albert Gonzales, hacking, Hannaford Brothers Co, Heartland Payment Systems, identity theft
The feds indicted Albert Gonzales and two unnamed Russians on Monday; breaking what according to a press release by acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. “is believed to be the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice”. The case involves the theft of over a 130 million credit card and debit card numbers along with account information stolen from Heartland Payment Systems, 7 Eleven, Hannaford Brothers Co., and two other companies that have not made their breaches public.
An unindicted co-conspirator also emerged in this case, PT, obviously an alias to protect someone who is co-operating with the authorities. These cases are difficult to prosecute without an insider spilling the beans. However, will the Feds make the same mistake that they made with Gonzales back in 2003? He was arrested on ATM and debit card fraud charges but apparently not prosecuted because he co-operated with the authorities. He was allowed to move to Miami and when nobody was looking, he formulated and launched his latest attacks.
A Scarface like hacker from Miami, two Russian mobsters and a snitch named PT hack into corporate America and steal millions of credit card numbers. This has all the elements of a cult movie.