Damon Patrick Toey has become the first person to be brought to justice in the hacking of TJX, which is one of the biggest cases of its kind.
Over 40 million credit card details were stolen in the attack, which went on for 18 months. Toey is the first to plead guilty and will be sentenced shortly, with charges filed against another ten people.
“We are pleased that charges have been brought against the individuals allegedly responsible for the TJX computer intrusion(s), as well as breaches at many other major retailers,” said the company.
“Since first learning of the intrusion(s), we have worked very closely with law enforcement authorities as they conducted an extensive international investigation of this complex crime.
“We thank both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Justice for making the investigation and prosecution of cyber crime a top priority.”
Toey agreed to plead guilty to charges of wire fraud, credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft and help prosecutors in naming names against other members of the gang, which was had members in five different countries: the US, Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus and China.
The alleged leader of the group, Albert Gonzalez, a former Secret Service informant, pleaded not guilty to similar charges during his initial appearance in Boston on Thursday.
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By Iain Thomson on Sep 15, 2008 11:37AM