The “I am legend” of the hacking and data theft world, Albert Gonzales, decided to plead guilty and now faces 15 to 25 years in jail. Gonzales is accused of masterminding a hacking circle that stole 130 million credit and debit card numbers from major retail chains such as Barnes and Noble, T.J. Maxx, Sports Authority, and OfficeMax.
According to The Register, Gonzales, who also used to be a government informant, agreed to plead guilty to 19 felony counts in Massachusetts by September 11. He also intends to plead guilty to a New York indictment accusing him of similar crimes that targeted 11 Dave & Buster’s restaurants. And that’s not all!
The deal does not cover a third indictment in New Jersey against Gonzalez related to the alleged theft of data from more than 130 million credit card accounts from card payment processor Heartland Payment Systems and retailers Hannaford Brothers and 7-Eleven.
In what money is concerned, Gonzales will also say goodbye to nearly 1.65 million US dollars in cash, his Miami condominium, a 2006 BMW, laptop computers, three Rolex watches, and then some more!