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Ga. hacker caught with 675K credit card accounts

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Posted: Apr 21, 2011 2:56 PM
Ga. hacker caught with 675K credit card accounts

A computer hacker from Georgia has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft after authorities found him with more than 675,000 stolen credit card accounts on his home computers.

Credit card companies have traced more than $36 million in fraudulent transactions to the accounts that were breached by 26-year-old Rogelio Hackett Jr. of Lithonia, Ga.

Hackett pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., following a lengthy Secret Service investigation. He will be sentenced in July and faces two to 12 years in prison.

Court documents indicate that Hackett built a reputation for himself as a teenager in the hacking community and had been stealing account information for roughly a decade. Typically he sold the account data to others, who would use them to make fraudulent charges.


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