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TJX-hacking co-conspirator sentenced to 46 months
BOSTON (3/17/10)--A former Barclays information technology programmer was sentenced to 46 months in prison by a court in Boston for his role in several data thefts, including a big security breach disclosed in January 2007 at retailer TJX, based in Framingham, Mass. Humza Zaman also was sentenced to three years’ supervised release and levied a $75,000 fine after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy last April (Finextra.com March 15). The 33-year-old Zaman is believed to have assisted Albert Gonzalez, head of the criminal ring responsible for the TJX hacker attacks, by laundering up to $800,000 (Bobsguide.com March 16). Gonzalez is facing a minimum sentence of 17 years after pleading guilty to a series of attacks on several firms--including TJX and Heartland Payment Systems. The data breaches affected thousands of credit unions, whose members’ credit and debit cards were compromised. Zaman laundered between $600,000 and $800,000 for Gonzalez, using ATM cards linked to bogus accounts to withdraw and repatriate Gonzalez’ funds from a bank account in Latvia, according to court documents (Finextra.com).
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