TJX Hacker to Plead Guilty to Heartland Breach

TJX Hacker to Plead Guilty to Heartland Breach
TJX Hacker to Plead Guilty to Heartland Breach

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By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
December 8, 2009

Admitted TJX intruder Albert Gonzalez has entered into a plea agreement 
on charges that he hacked into Heartland Payment Systems, Hannaford 
Brothers, 7-Eleven and two other unnamed national retailers.

The revelation comes in a filing made by Gonzalez's attorney in U.S. 
District Court in New Jersey, where the Heartland charges were filed in 

A federal judge on Tuesday officially transferred the New Jersey case to 
Massachusetts, where Gonzalez is seeking to merge it with two other 
cases in which he=E2=80=99s already pleaded guilty.

Gonzalez, a former Secret Service informant known by the online nicks 
"segvec" and "Cumbajohnny," was charged in New Jersey in August, along 
with two unnamed Russian hackers. They were accused of stealing more 
than 130 million debit and credit cards from card-processing company 
Heartland and the other target companies.

Gonzalez and 10 others were also charged in May 2008 in New York and in 
August 2008 in Massachusetts with network intrusions into TJX, 
OfficeMax, Dave & Busters restaurant chain and other companies. Gonzalez 
pleaded guilty to these charges in August and was scheduled to be 
sentenced in Massachusetts on Dec. 21 in both cases.


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