SQL Injection: Albert Gonzalez Steals 130M Credit Card Numbers
Albert Gonzales, 28, is charged with the largest case of credit and debit card theft in US history. Gonzales, from Miami, Florida, is already in jail for hacking into the databases of retail stores and stealing their client information. He has been working as an informant to the Secret Service since he was first arrested in 2003, but has still managed to pull off the biggest identity theft ever, using an SQL injection attack.
Gonzales worked with ten others to steal around 130 million card numbers from Fortune 500 companies by identifying security vulnerabilities in their websites. They then proceeded with selling the information they found.
Albert Gonzales faces up to 20 years in jail if found guilty of the new charges.
Mr Gonzales used a complicated technique known as an "SQL injection attack" to carry out the theft, the US Department of Justice alleged.