16 Facts About Albert Gonzalez


Albert Gonzalez was born on 1981 and is an American computer hacker, computer criminal and police informer, who is accused of masterminding the combined credit card theft and subsequent reselling of more than 170 million card and ATM numbers from 2005 to 2007, the biggest such fraud in history.


Albert Gonzalez stayed at lavish hotels but his formal homes were modest.


On March 25,2010, Albert Gonzalez was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.


Albert Gonzalez bought his first computer when he was 12, and by the time he was 14 managed to hack into NASA.


Albert Gonzalez attended South Miami High School in Miami, Florida, where he was described as the "troubled" pack leader of computer nerds.


Albert Gonzalez was initially charged with possession of 15 fake credit and debit cards in Newark, New Jersey, though he avoided jail time by providing evidence to the United States Secret Service against his cohorts.


Albert Gonzalez initially believed the intrusion began in May 2006, but further investigation revealed breaches dating back to July 2005.


Albert Gonzalez was arrested in room 1508 at the National Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.


Albert Gonzalez was taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where he was indicted in the Heartland attacks.


Palomino said Toey, rather than Albert Gonzalez, was the ring leader of the Heartland case.


Investigators said Yastremskiy and Albert Gonzalez exchanged 600 messages and that Albert Gonzalez paid him $400,000 through e-gold.


The Secret Service investigation into him was used to build the case against Albert Gonzalez including a sneak and peek covert review of Yastremskiy's laptop in Dubai in 2006 and a review of the disk image of the Latvia computer leased from Cronos IT and alleged to have been used in the attacks.


The sentences were ordered to run concurrently, meaning that Albert Gonzalez will serve a total of 20 years for both cases.


Albert Gonzalez was ordered to forfeit more than $1.65 million, a condominium in Miami, a blue 2006 BMW 330i automobile, IBM and Toshiba laptop computers, a Glock 27 firearm, a Nokia cell phone, a Tiffany diamond ring and three Rolex watches.


On March 25,2011, Albert Gonzalez filed a motion in US District Court in Boston to withdraw his guilty plea.


Albert Gonzalez is currently serving his 20-year sentence at the FMC Lexington, a medical facility.