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The Boston Globe reports that the attorneys for Albert Gonzalez, the hacker who has pleaded guilty to the largest credit card fraud in US history, are seeking lenient sentencing for their client on the grounds that he has Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism that made it difficult for him to understand that he was committing a crime.

Gonzalez was arrested and indicted for the theft of more than 130 million credit card and debit card numbers between late 2006 and early 2008, a scam that affected the computer systems of a wide range of retailers.
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