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Prison Sentence for Buyer of Breach Data

DATA THEFT—U.S.

September 21, 2010

A man who purchased on the black market data stolen in the Hannaford Bros. 2007-2008 breach has been sentenced to prison. The Orange County Register reports that the man pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit access card fraud and trafficking and possessing access card materials. He received a sentence of seven years and eight months in jail and was ordered to pay $33,475 in restitution to Discover Card Financial Services. According to prosecutors, the man purchased the data online and encoded it onto magnetic strips which he then affixed to fake Discover cards. A co-defendant also pleaded guilty to similar but lesser charges and was sentenced to three years formal probation and one year in jail.
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