The Story Behind The Hackers Behind The Largest Credit Card Number Heist
from the soon-to-be-a-movie? dept
Back in March, Gonzalez received a twenty year sentence for the crime -- the longest sentence for "hacking"-related crime in the US. Others involved in the deal have been sentenced to shorter terms recently as well. Now, Danielle Alvarez, from the Miami New Times, points us to an article written by the paper that details the story behind the hacking, and the folks involved -- including the news (which I hadn't seen elsewhere in following this story -- Update: a few people have pointed to this story that Wired had last year, which I had not seen before) that one suspect end up killing himself after hearing of Gonzalez's arrest. It's a long story, but reads like something that will get turned into a movie at some point. Of course, the study plays down the security flaws at the companies, like TJX, which sent unencrypted credit card data over its network (a point Gonzalez's legal team tried to make in properly calculating how much "damage" he did). Still, it's a fascinating story about a group of young hackers, who wanted to "get rich or die trying," and how at least one of them succeeded at the latter.