Gov't: Man Tried to Steal 130M Credit Card Numbers

By: Devlin Barrett AP Email
By: Devlin Barrett AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man
with conspiring to pull off the largest case of credit and debit card data theft ever in the United States.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say 28-year-old Albert Gonzales, known online as "soupnazi," was charged in a two-count indictment with conspiring to engage in wire fraud in a bid to steal 130 million card numbers.

Authorities say Gonzales targeted customers of convenience store
giant 7-Eleven Inc. and supermarket chain Hannaford Brothers Co. Inc.

Gonzales is already in federal custody awaiting trial in New York for allegedly helping hack into a different computer network. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the new charges.

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