Hacker Gonzalez Pleads Guilty Again

Kara Reeder

Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez has pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy in Boston in the final three cases brought by federal prosecutors, reports The Wall Street Journal. Under the plea agreement, Gonzalez will get no less than 17 years in prison, but no more than 25 years. According to Computerworld, his sentences in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York will run concurrently as part of the plea bargain.


Gonzalez is behind the Heartland Payment Systems and Hannaford Brothers breaches, as well as the 2005 data breach at T. J. Maxx stores. Canoe reports that even though an "extremely limited" number of payment card numbers were stolen, Target also was a victim of Gonzalez. Sentencing is scheduled for March.

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