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Hacker Alberto Gonzalez accused of stealing 130 million identities

credit_cards(The Telegraph) Alberto Gonzalez, 28, from Miami, and two unnamed computer hackers, based in or near Russia, allegedly targeted 7-Eleven and other large corporations by uploading millions of customers’ details from internal computer systems onto servers that worked as hacking platforms.>

They allegedly breached the firewall of Heartland Payment Systems, a New Jersey-based bank card payment processor, stealing 130 million numbers. They allegedly stole 4.2 million card details from Hannaford Brothers, a Maine-based supermarket chain. An undisclosed number of card details were hacked from 7-Eleven, the Texas-based convenience store chain with outlets around the world, prosecutors said in a statement.

The  men started in 2006, scouting potential victims by visiting retail stores to identify payment processing systems and their vulnerabilities, prosecutors claimed. They used malicious software known as malware and so-called injection strings to attack the computers and steal data, prosecutors said.

The suspects allegedly planned to sell the data to others who would use it to make fraudulent purchases.

They tried to trade their wares with computers in New Jersey, California, Illinois, Latvia, Ukraine and the Netherlands using “sophisticated hacker techniques to cover their tracks and to avoid detection by anti-virus software used by their victims,” the Justice Department said.

“These servers, located in New Jersey and around the world, were used by the coconspirators to store information critical to the hacking schemes and subsequently to launch the hacking attacks,” prosecutors said.

“The scheme is believed to constitute the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted by the US Department of Justice,” the statement said.

Mr Gonzalez, who operated online as “segvec,” “soupnazi” and “j4guar17,” was charged with conspiracy and conspiracy to engage in wire fraud.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud conspiracy and an additional five years in prison for conspiracy as well as a fine of $250,000 (£153,000) for each charge.

He is scheduled to go on trial in New York next month on separate charges for allegedly hacking into the computer network of a national restaurant chain.

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