28 Mar 2010

US credit card hacker sentenced

9:23 am on 28 March 2010

In the United States, a computer hacker has been jailed for 20 years for his part in stealing the details of more than 130 million credit cards and debit cards.

One judge described the crime as the largest and most costly example of computer hacking in US history.

Albert Gonzalez, 28, pleaded guilty to three cases of fraud at his trial last year.

He has been sentenced to 20 years for the first two cases, and 20 years and one day for the third. The terms will run concurrently.

The judge in the third case said he had to serve the extra 24 hours because the crime had been committed when he was working for the US Secret Service as an informant, reportedly receiving as much as $75,000 dollars a year.