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Gonzalez Hearing: More than 40 MILLION Distinct Credit Card Numbers Recovered

Evan Schuman of StorefrontBacktalk has an interesting piece about last week’s plea in the massive credit card fraud case currently in federal court. Albert Gonzalez pleaded guilty in federal court in the cyberthief case and the plea hearing revealed some remarkable details. According to testimony, the Secret Service has collected “more than forty million distinct credit and debit card numbers from two computer servers” controlled by Gonzalez and his associates and has counted the consumer, retail and bank victims as “an enormous number of people, certainly millions upon millions, perhaps tens of millions.”

Schuman points out that the plea hearing may be the first and last details that we receive because the plea has avoided a federal trial.

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.