More Company Names Disclosed in Gonzalez Data Breach Case
DATA THEFT—U.S.March 30, 2010
JC Penney and The Wet Seal have been named among the retailers targeted in a 2008 data breach that resulted in the theft of 130 million credit card numbers, Computerworld reports. Albert Gonzalez, the man who orchestrated the thefts, was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison for what is being called the largest breach of credit card data on record. According to documents unsealed on Monday, JC Penney sought to keep its name out of the court proceedings because disclosure would cause "confusion and alarm." U.S. prosecutors disagreed, stating, "Most people want to know when their credit or debit card numbers have been put at risk, not simply if, and after, they have clearly been stolen."