Heartland Data Breach: TJX Hacker Indicted for CrimeSuspect Also Linked to 7-Eleven, Hannaford Breaches
The 28-year-old Albert Gonzalez, already in federal custody, was previously charged in two other data breaches, including the theft of 40 million credit card numbers from retailer TJX.
According to the Justice officials, Gonzalez was charged with conspiracy and wire fraud, along with two unnamed co-conspirators located in Russia, accused of using the hacking technique called an SQL injection attack to breach the network firewalls of Heartland, 7-Eleven and Hannaford Brothers.
The indictment alleges that Gonzalez and two Russian co-conspirators sent the stolen data to computer servers they operated in California, Illinois, Latvia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
Gonzalez is also facing charges in New York for the hacking of Dave and Buster's, a national restaurant chain. Trial on those charges is scheduled to begin in September.
Gonzalez is set to be tried in Massachusetts in 2010 for the theft of 40 million credit card numbers from TJX in 2005 and 2006. He was arrested in May, 2008 for the TJX hack. He had previously been arrested by federal investigators in 2003 and was acting as an informant while he was conspiring with his criminal crew to hack TJX, Hannaford, Heartland and the other retailers.