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Business Briefing / Courts

Computer hacker is sentenced

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Services

A computer hacker who was once a federal informant and was a driving force behind one of the largest cases of identity theft in U.S. history pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors that will send him to prison for up to 25 years.

Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami admitted pulling off some of the most prominent hacking jobs of the decade -- invading the computer systems of such retailers as TJX Cos., BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble and Sports Authority. Federal authorities say tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers were stolen.

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