June 10, 2012
Week 9 Assignment 6
Computer hacking has become a more frequent crime in today’s society. Due to the fact that computers are widely used throughout the world and all information is right at your fingertips in a matter of seconds, hacking is an effortless crime, but it comes with a tremendous gain. Albert Gonzalez was fascinated by technology “computer nerd” but he took it all as an easy way for monetary gain. Gonzalez stole 170 million credit and debit card numbers and either used them or sold them to other cyber criminals. Gonzalez case is the biggest hacker case in history it all ended in him serving a two twenty year concurrent sentences. “His parents, who had immigrated to the United States from Cuba in the 1970s, bought him his first computer when he was 8. By the age of 9 he was reported to be actively removing computer viruses. Gonzalez, a Cuban-American, attended South Miami High School in Miami, Florida, where he was described as the "troubled" pack leader of computer nerds .In his senior year at the school he and friend used the library computer to hack into computer systems of the government of India where they left messages about their culture. Reportedly India had to cancel government checks as a result. Gonzalez was not charged and was warned to stay away from a computer for six months. In 2000 he moved to New York City where he lived for three months before moving to Kearny, New Jersey.”(Wikipedia, 2012)
Gonzalez ran a scheme with a group of hackers called Shadow crew. They managed to traffic 1.5 million stolen credit and debit card numbers while in New Jersey. The domain name Shadowcrew.cc was being investigated by The Secret Service "Operation Firewall" and it is believed that $4.3 million was stolen. The investigation involved countries like Bulgaria, Belarus, Canada, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and the U.S. Gonzalez avoided jail time by providing...