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.