Albert Gonzalez (born 1981) is a computer hacker and computer criminal who is accused of masterminding the combined credit card theft and subsequent reselling of more than 170 million card and ATM numbers from 2005 through 2007—the biggest such fraud in history.
Gonzalez and his accomplices used sql injection and packet sniffer malware software to create backdoors to several corporate systems in order to steal computer data.
During his spree he was said to have to thrown himself a $75,000 birthday party and complained about having to count $340,000 by hand after his currency-counting machine broke. Gonzalez stayed at lavish hotels but his formal homes were modest.
Gonzalez had three federal indictments:
* May 2008 in New York for the Dave & Busters case (trial schedule September 2009)
* May 2008 in Massachusetts for the TJ Maxx case (trial scheduled early 2010)
* August 2009 in New Jersey in connection with the Heartland Payment case.
On March 25, 2010 Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in Federal prison.