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ID Thief Gets 20 Years

DATA LOSS—U.S.

March 26, 2010

The man who orchestrated the theft of millions of credit and debit card numbers from major companies was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday, reports the Boston Globe. The sentence is one of the longest ever imposed for computer crime or identity theft, the report states. Albert Gonzalez hacked major retailers such as TJX Cos., BJs Wholesale Club and Dave & Buster's. (See related story below.) A data security lawyer said, "The long sentence corresponds to the magnitude of Mr. Gonzalez's crimes and will likely be a frequently cited indicator of the growing intolerance for cyber crime."
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