WASHINGTON (AP) - The man who's accused of plotting the nation's
biggest-ever theft of credit card and debit card information is
described as a one-time government informant.
Prosecutors say Albert Gonzalez of Miami broke his own record
for identity theft by hacking into retail networks. But they say his efforts came to an end when he went to jail on charges stemming
from a previous case.
They say Gonzalez was trying to gain access to 130 million
Authorities say he's a former informant for the U.S. Secret
Service who helped the agency track down hackers. They say the
agency found out that he had also been working with criminals, and
feeding them information about ongoing investigations.
Gonzalez, who's already behind bars in a hacking case, was
indicted today in New Jersey.
Prosecutors say the man who is known online as "soupnazi"
targeted customers of convenience store giant 7-Eleven and supermarket chain Hannaford Brothers.
He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the new charges.
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