T.J. Maxx hacker pleads guilty


(Credit: U.S. Secret Service via Wikipedia)
(Credit: U.S. Secret Service via Wikipedia)

Albert Gonzalez faces a sentence of up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty today.

The 28-year-old man from Miami admitted to federal charges in New York and Massachusetts. He also faces charges in New Jersey.

Gonzalez’s hacking activities in the past years were so huge that it could be the most notorious computer hacking including attacks on computer systems of retailers like T.J. Maxx, OfficeMax, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and even Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain. Feds say he must have stolen as many as 40 million credit and debit card numbers.

“He just feels really bad, mainly because of the damage he’s caused, but also because of what his family has had to endure,” Rene Palomino Jr., Gonzalez’s Miami attorney said. “He just wants to go ahead and do the right thing and take responsibility for his actions. One day, he will go and lead a productive life like any other citizen.”

Gonzales was arrested in May 2008 while he was staying with his girlfriend at the National Hotel, Miami Beach.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090911/ap_on_hi_te/us_retailer_hacker