Hacker pleads guilty to huge theft of card numbers

The New York and Massachusetts indictments said Gonzalez and two foreign co-defendants used hacking techniques that involved "wardriving," or cruising through different areas with a laptop computer and looking for retailers' accessible wireless Internet signals. Once they located a vulnerable network, they installed "sniffer programs" that captured credit and debit card numbers as they moved through a retailer's processing computers — then tried to sell the data overseas.

Gonzalez was in the process of negotiating a plea agreement on those charges in August 2008 when federal prosecutors in New Jersey brought new charges against him for allegedly targeting customers of convenience store giant 7-Eleven Inc. and supermarket chain Hannaford Brothers Co. Those charges are still pending.


Associated Press Writer Tamara Lush in Miami contributed to this report.

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...