By Kim Zetter
March 29, 2010
BOSTON -- A hacker who helped TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez and others gain
access to corporate networks was sentenced to 7 years and one day on
Christopher Scott, 27, pleaded guilty to breaching the wireless access
points of several retailers between 2003 and 2007 to siphon credit and
debit card numbers, which he then passed to Gonzalez. Prosecutors say
that together the men pilfered nearly 20 million credit and debit cards,
which retailers say led to $200 million in losses from fraud.
They used the cards to obtain cash advances from ATMs or sold the
account information to other carders, who encoded the data to blank and
counterfeit bank cards for fraudulent use. Scott's take from the crimes
was at least $400,000, according to prosecutors. He was paid in cash and
with pre-paid bank cards and used the money to rent limos and partied
with up to 10 women at a time, prosecutors say, and later bought a car,
jewelry and $400,000 house.
The government is seeking forfeiture of $400,000, nine computers and an
array of other electronic goods from Scott. Restitution will be
determined at a future hearing.
Scott, who is married and has a 6-year-old stepdaughter, has been living
with his family under home detention, with electronic monitoring, in his
mother.s Miami house for about two years since his May 2008 arrest.
During Monday's hearing Scott, who wore glasses, black pants and a beige
plaid shirt, broke down crying while making a statement to the court.
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