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Credit card hacker Gonzalez was paid $75k a year by Secret Service

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Mar 2010 14:14 User comments (11)

Credit card hacker Gonzalez was paid $75k a year by Secret Service Albert Gonzalez, the 28 year-old hacker convicted of stealing and reselling over 170 million credit and ATM card numbers, was being paid $75,000 by the U.S. Secret Service to work undercover informing on other credit card thieves before he got arrested.
The new revelation comes from Stephen Watt, Gonzalez's best friend and convicted accomplice. Watt was convicted of creating the sniffer program that Gonzalez used to hack into the corporate systems.

The Secret Service would not comment on the pay or identity of informants.

Former federal prosecutor Mark Rasch adds: "It's a significant amount of money to pay an informant but it's not an outrageous amount to pay if the guy was working full time and delivering good results. It's probably the only thing he was doing -- other than hacking into TJX and making millions of dollars."

For pleading guilty to identity theft, wire fraud, computer fraud and conspiracy, Gonzalez is expected to receive over 20 years in prison when he is sentenced later this week.

If true, the $75,000-a-year payout would be a new high for computer crime informants with most other high profile informants saying they got paid $200-350 per week.

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11 user comments

124.3.2010 14:33

Speedy Gonzalez! $75,000 a year? That's not too bad.

224.3.2010 16:27

Wow what a pos the secret service is !! "allegedly of course"

We (usa) really do some stupid things .


attn Canada if u send ann coulter back then i can move up your way.

324.3.2010 17:07

Originally posted by wanttono:

attn Canada if u send ann coulter back then i can move up your way.
Im hoping that we send her ass back "Coulter told reporters the University of Ottawa was a "bush-league university"" That made me cringe.



425.3.2010 0:04

i knew he worked with an organization before hand, you just dont turn up with that many CC numbers with out some kind of training and supplies before hand. the SS only pay 75,000 a year, you make more cleaning shit out of some ones Toilet.

525.3.2010 5:05

I knew this guy was a POS...but I never immagined he was so evil that he worked for the SS. Hang him! edited by ddp

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 Mar 2010 @ 15:14

625.3.2010 13:56

Schutzstaffel Was hitlers, right hand army. but you already knew that right?

725.3.2010 16:20

Originally posted by DXR88:
Schutzstaffel Was hitlers, right hand army. but you already knew that right?


Yes :) Maybe the Secret Service is not too much different from Hitler's SS...

825.3.2010 17:13

i am confused. this guy was doing illegal things before the SS gig?

if he is getting arrested and serving time for what the SS told him to do doesn't make any sense.

926.3.2010 15:15

posts edited due to political material.

1027.3.2010 2:19

Sorry DDP...I had no idea the SS was considered a political organization...I figured they were fair game just like RIAA, MPAA, Chinese government, etc...

"if he is getting arrested and serving time for what the SS told him to do doesn't make any sense."
-It makes perfect sense if you have ever heard of "False Flag". That said, let's try to avoid conspiracy theories, unless we have hard facts to support them.

1117.8.2010 4:11
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spam edited by ddp

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