Albert Gonzales, who pleaded guilty last year to charges arising from data breaches at TJX, Hannaford Bros., Heartland Payment Systems, and Dave & Buster's, among others, was sentenced in Boston on Thursday to two concurrent 20-year terms for the TJX and Dave & Buster's cases.
During his years of crime, authorities said Gonzalez amassed $2.8 million... [H]e and two foreign co-defendants would drive past retailers along U.S. 1 in Miami with a laptop computer, tapping into those with vulnerable wireless Internet signals. They would then install "sniffer programs'' that picked off credit and debit card numbers as they moved through a retailer's computers before trying to sell the numbers overseas.
Former federal prosecutor Mark Rasch said the sentence is "the harshest ever handed down for a computer crime" in the United States. Gonzales faces sentencing in a different federal court Friday for the Hannaford Bros. and Heartland cases.