Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez deserves a quarter-century behind bars for
leading a gang of cyberthieves who stole tens of millions of credit and debit
card numbers from a transaction processor and several giant retail chains,
federal prosecutors argued in a court filing Thursday night.

“[T]he sentences would be the longest ever imposed in an identity theft case
and among the longest imposed for a financial crime, which is appropriate
because Gonzalez was at the center of the largest and most costly series of
identity thefts in the nation’s history,” wrote Boston-based Assistant U.S.
Attorney Stephen Heymann. “He knowingly victimized a group of people whose
population exceeded that of many major cities and some states.”

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