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Convicted hacker Gonzalez says he was authorized by Secret Service to commit his crimes

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Apr 2011 16:12 User comments (14)

Convicted hacker Gonzalez says he was authorized by Secret Service to commit his crimes Currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for his role in stealing and reselling over 170 million credit and ATM card numbers, Albert Gonzalez has flipped on his guilty plea and is now claiming that the U.S. government authorized him to commit the crimes he was convicted for.
Gonzalez now wants to withdraw his guilty plea and wants a court to vacate his sentence.

Additionally, the hacker blames his lawyers for not "properly representing him" and not appealing his sentence like he requested them to do.

The hacker stole the credit card numbers using sql injection and packet sniffer malware software to create backdoors into the corporate systems of retailer chains TJX Companies, BJ's Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Boston Market, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority and Dave & Buster's. Gonazalez and two other conspirators also used wardriving, hacking using accessible Wi-Fi in retail stores. One of the conspirators is 7-foot-tall Stephen Watt, a Morgan Stanley investment banker who wrote the sniffing programs.

The three hackers would then sell the numbers or encode the data onto magnetic strips of blank ATM cards, using them to withdraw thousands of dollars from ATM machines.

In September, 2009, Gonazalez was sentenced for 20 counts of identity theft, wire fraud, computer fraud and conspiracy that led to $200 million in losses for banks, insurers and retail companies. At the time of his arrest Gonzalez forfeited his Miami condo, a 2006 BMW 330i, thousands of dollars in jewelry and $2.7 million USD in cash.

Gonzalez now claims that all of his crimes were done with the direction of the U.S. Secret Service, who employed Gonzalez to go undercover into hacking rings and set up members.

In his latest petition, the hackers says he believes he "was authorized to engage in the cyber crimes I was participating in, in order to gather intelligence on National and International cyber criminals and I was doing my job to the best of my abilities."

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14 user comments

19.4.2011 21:50

i wouldn't doubt it, Gonzo ma boi but all Secret Service files are locked. even if you did work with the SS you shit out of luck on that plea.


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29.4.2011 22:52

If he was working for the SS, then he deserves to rot in jail all the more.



310.4.2011 15:06

Hah! SS is that like U.S. secret service or Nazi SS?
Meh, whats the difference...


410.4.2011 17:18

I see. So the Secret Service was getting ticked off you didn't split the, er, "intelligence" with them?

He should stop the BS and ask them for a job properly... they might just give him one. :)


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510.4.2011 17:53

Originally posted by Deadrum33:
Hah! SS is that like U.S. secret service or Nazi SS?
Meh, whats the difference...
One investigates Fraudulent activity's the other murders unarmed civilians.

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611.4.2011 1:23

Might be real after all, hell we did have Oliver North fund the war in Central America by selling drugs, i think with budget cuts this might just be how we are funding the war in Iraq and Afghanistan?

711.4.2011 1:39

Originally posted by SomeBozo:
Might be real after all, hell we did have Oliver North fund the war in Central America by selling drugs, i think with budget cuts this might just be how we are funding the war in Iraq and Afghanistan?
haha Good point.

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811.4.2011 6:33

even if he was working with secret service the second he does something illegal gets caught and it becomes public,they would deny having anything to do with him.


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911.4.2011 8:41

As always should you, or any member of your IM force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions.




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1011.4.2011 10:08

Flogging drugs is one thing but I'm doubtful the Secret Service would condone Credit Card fraud. It's anti-corporation and what's more their own members might get stung by it!

Covert is covert and what this guy was was overt. Fast cars, fancy apartments and huge personal bank accounts of what seems to be unlaundered money. He was probably bound to be caught. Is this the way the SS would make money? Nah.


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1111.4.2011 12:32

the BMW is understandable i know someone whos a year younger than me unemployed thats on his second BMW fully paid for and purchased legally.dont see any logical reason for 2.7million USD in cash lying around unless he was planning to leave the country and disappear.jewelry can be picked up a lot cheaper than its worth depending on who you know.

personally dont think he was working for the ss.we dont really know anything about the ss.he probably knew he'd set off red flags and was gonna use the money to disappear.


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1211.4.2011 15:00

I expect that there are crooked SS just like there are bent cops. But I can't see the rest of the fanatical distopian right-wing loony idealogue SS agents ripping off the banks.


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1312.4.2011 8:28

Originally posted by Jemborg:
I expect that there are crooked SS just like there are bent cops. But I can't see the rest of the fanatical distopian right-wing loony idealogue SS agents ripping off the banks.
maybe crooks pretending to be SS helped him.

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1418.4.2011 2:33

US wnt to war in Iraq for oil but in the name establishing Democracy although there are all kinds instance where it is required more.

It went into Afghanistan in the name of going after Osama, however the real reason is to get their hand into the heroin pie to finance their other illegal activities.

I wouldn't be surprised if wht this fellow claims is true. And I would also bet that it wan not the SS that caught him in the act! In all probabilities it was falling out amongst thieves.

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