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Albert Gonzalez, the 28-year-old college dropout and computer hacker who had pleaded guilty to stealing millions of credit and debit card numbers from Heartland Payment Systems, a credit and debit card payment processor, which gave it access to transactions at retail chains that included TJ Maxx and BJ’s Wholesale Club, as well as from Hannaford Bros. and 7-Eleven, has received a federal prison sentence of 20 years and a day, plus hit with a $25,000 fine.

Bloomberg reports that “as part of his plea, Gonzalez agreed to forfeit more than $1.65 million in U.S. currency, a condominium in Miami, a blue 2006 BMW automobile, IBM and Toshiba laptop computers and related equipment, a Glock 27 handgun, a Tiffany diamond ring and three Rolex watches.”

The writes that “when US Department of Justice attorneys first brought charges in the Heartland case in New Jersey last year, they called it the largest credit card theft case ever prosecuted in the United States. Heartland alone said it racked up $129 million in losses because of the breach.
KC's View:
There is nothing funny about this story, but it is sort of amusing to think about Gonzalez getting out of prison in a couple of decades and trying to operate a computer. It isn’t hard to imagine that they will be vastly different in 20 years...and part of this guy’s punishment ought to be giving him access to nothing more complicated than an abacus.

The defense attorney in the case claimed that Gonzalez hacked the accounts not for the money, but for the challenge. Which doesn’t exactly explain the Tiffany ring, the BMW and the watches.