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By Kim Zetter
December 15, 2009
Admitted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez has identified two Russian
accomplices who helped him hack into numerous companies and steal more
than 130 million credit and debit card numbers.
Gonzalez told prosecutors that the hackers breached at least four card
processing companies, as well as a series of foreign banks, a brokerage
house and several retail store chains, according to a sentencing memo
filed by his lawyer on Tuesday that was incorrectly redacted.
The document reveals that six months after his May 2008 arrest, Gonzalez
located and provided prosecutors with the "complicated" and "lengthy"
password to decrypt his laptop, which contained "a vast array of
historical data and communications" that helped the government indict
other members of Gonzalez's team, and could be used in future search
warrants. It also reveals that Gonzalez drew prosecutors a map that
helped them find more than $1.1 million that he had buried in his
Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 21 for intrusions into
TJX, Dave & Busters restaurant chain and numerous other companies,
though his sentencing is likely to be delayed. On Tuesday, the
government asked for an 8-12 week continuance to give Gonzalez a
psychological examination, in response to a new defense claim that the
hacker might suffer from Asperger=E2=80=99s syndrome, and may not have the
"capacity to knowingly evaluate the wrongfulness of his actions."
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