Hacker Pleads Guilty To Theft of 600K Credit Cards, Could Get 10 Years

Credit cardsA 26 year-old Georgia man pleaded guilty in federal court in Virginia to the theft of hundreds of thousands of credit cards and a years-long fraud scheme that netted him more than $100,000 in illicit profits – money he used to buy himself a BMW and luxury clothing.

Rogelio Hackett of Lithonia, Georgia, admitted to stealing 676,443 credit card accounts and selling that information online. Credit card companies say that stolen accounts were linked to tens of thousands of fraudulent charges that total close to $37 million. Hackett could face ten years in prison and fines of $500,000 when he is sentenced and be asked to make restitution to credit card companies for the tens of millions of dollars in losses, according to a signed statement from the U.S. Attorney.

According to a statement of facts, signed by Hackett, his crime spree began in the late 1990s. A talented hacker, Hackett searched out vulnerable SQL databases online and exploited security vulnerabilities in them to gain access to credit card data.

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