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08/18/2009 01:47 AM ID: 80245 Permalink   

130 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen


Albert Gonzalez, of the United States, and two unidentified accomplices from Russia are charged with performing the largest theft of debit and credit card numbers in American history.

The thieves are accused of hacking a card payment processor company called Heartland Payment Systems, as well as the 7-11 convenience store chain, and the supermarket chain Hannaford Brothers.

Gonzalez has been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy. The wire fraud charge carries the penalty of twenty years in jail and a $250,000 fine. The conspiracy penalty is five years in prison and another $250,000 fine.

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  What Bull Shit...  
Why should someone that steals credit card numbers get more jail time then a murderer? I want to know how much money was actually stolen.
I think prison sentences for crime similar to this should be 5 years in prison no more then 10, there no violent crimes, or better yet force them to work as security consultant's for the banking industry for 5 years, at least that way some thing will be achieved.
  by: shiftyfarker   08/18/2009 04:20 AM     
You can put them into work programs, making them pay back the victims for the total cost of what was stolen.
  by: DoubleTake   08/18/2009 05:10 AM     
I don't know if you've been paying attention for the last decade or so, but people seem to value money more then other people's lives. Its probably always happened, just more obvious lately.
  by: Stiks   08/18/2009 08:57 AM     
No. The sentence is actually appropriate.

It's the sentences for the murderers that are inappropriate.

25 years for this guy and the death penalty for murderers.
  by: JStern   08/18/2009 03:38 PM     
My work will be going silent then. I work for a 3rd party credit card processing company and probably 50% of our phone calls are regarding fraudulent charges (granted I think a lot of it is people lying out their butt because we bill for adult sites so husbands lie because their wives found the charge.)

What makes me kind of sad however is all the banks out there that totally screw people over when their stuff is used lady got 5 separate charges from us and it was clearly fraudulent and her bank decided that since it was our "error" that we should pay the $200+ overdraft fees she got, they would not reverse them and our company doesn't cover those at all, we only refund back the money we had so I felt bad for her.
  by: orthiad   08/18/2009 03:48 PM     
  25 years?  
And the British guy who hacked into the US Government computers (and didn't steal anything) gets life?! Big difference there.
  by: agnaram   08/18/2009 03:49 PM     
Indeed. I remember reading that distributing (giving to a friend) a shitty video camera recording of a movie will get you more time than vehicular manslaughter.
  by: PeddlerOfFlesh   08/18/2009 07:57 PM     
  The proper jail term...  
should be equal to the maximum potential time it would take all 130,000,000 people to sort out an identity theft. Numbers on recovery time are a bit fuzzy, but let's say 18 months (FTC says 41% of victims are still dealing with it after 2 years) for a good outcome. 130,000,000 x 1.5 years = 195 million years. Add on another $3000 in fines per victim (the high end estimate from the FTC) and we have a fine of $390,000,000,000. These should be the mandatory minimums for this guy, with maybe a couple years taken off if he flips on his Russian counterparts.

Shifty, I value my life and my property equally. Attempt to take either one from me and see what happens.
  by: DaReapaMan   08/18/2009 11:25 PM     
  Wow Albert Is A Kingpin ID Thief  
I found this follow up. It is more interesting than the original story. This thief had a 205 foot long infinity pool,

"Albert Gonzalez is definitely the Tony Montana of credit card theft," said Sean Arries.
  by: ichi     08/20/2009 11:21 PM     
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