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Albert Gonzalez was accused of being the orchestrator of one of the biggest fraud operations in history -- credit card theft and reselling details from 2005 to 2007 through the use of SQL database injections. Over 170 million card and ATM numbers were stolen through malware backdoors on corporate systems.
These backdoors were able to launch ARP Spoofing attacks -- which in turn granted the opportunity to steal sensitive data.
During the operation, Gonzalez is reported to have thrown himself a $75,000 birthday party and enjoyed a cash-filled lifestyle -- often staying at lavish hotels. However, in 2008, he was arrested after hacking into the Dave & Buster's corporate network from a sales point in New York, where approximately 5,000 card numbers were stolen.
In raids, authorities seized $1.6 million in cash, his laptops and a Glock pistol. In March 2010, he received two concurrent 20 year terms.