Monday, September 15, 2008

One Man Pleads Guilty in TJX Breach Case

Ross Kerber writes in The Boston Globe:

Federal prosecutors won a guilty plea yesterday from one of 11 men who made up a ring that was charged last month with the largest data theft case in history, involving tens of millions of customers of retailers, including TJX Cos. of Framingham and BJ's Wholesale Club of Natick.

Separately the government also said it has evidence the group breached the security of many more businesses than previously disclosed.

At a hearing in federal District Court in Boston yesterday afternoon, Damon Patrick Toey, 23, of Miami, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including wire fraud, credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors alleged he helped the accused ringleader, Albert Gonzalez, to break through the computer security of a number of retail stores in the Miami area.

Gonzalez himself appeared at a second hearing later in the day and pleaded not guilty to a set of similar charges.

Prosecutors said both men were key players in a loose-knit ring spanning countries from China to Ukraine that stole or trafficked in more than 40 million payment cards in all, causing more than $400 million in damages. The ring initially accessed customer data by using laptops to penetrate wireless networks of retail stores, from which they were able to access the companies' servers.

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