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Second TJX hacker sentenced to seven years
BOSTON (3/31/10)--A second Miami, Fla., man has been sentenced for his role in the TJX Cos., BJ's Wholesale Club and Dave & Buster's restaurant data breaches. Christopher Scott, 27, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison plus three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy, unauthorized access to computer systems, access device fraud and identity theft (Associated Press via The New York Times March 30). Scott was described as a "lieutenant" of Albert Gonzalez, the key figure in a number of huge data breaches that affected thousands of credit union members and credit unions, as well as other companies and financial institutions. Scott helped Gonzalez hack into wireless data networks of several national retailers (The Boston Globe March 30). TJX Cos., the Framingham, Mass., owner of retail stores such as T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, said it lost $171.5 million in the breaches, including the cost of settling litigation after the breach. BJ's lost between $11 million and $13 million. Gonzalez was sentenced Thursday and Friday to more than 20 years in prison for heading up the breaches. It is one of the longest sentences ever ruled for a hacking or ID theft case, said The Globe. Several other conspirators who played minor roles in the data breaches also were recently sentenced. They are:
* Jeremy Jethro, 29, sentenced earlier this month to three years probation and six months of home confinement for supplying a code that helped Gonzalez break into TJX and other companies. * Humza Zaman, 33, sentenced earlier this month to 46 months in prison for helping Gonzalez launder about $700,000. * Stephen Watt, 26, a former programmer with Morgan Stanley, sentenced in December, to two years in prison for tweaking hacking software for Gonzalez.
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