How to crack open an ATM in less then 1 minute

No carding, no skimming and no phishing, just plain old physical robbery, done properly.

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Albert Gonzalez at the 2001 DefCon hackers' convention in Las Vegas

Twenty years at least for now, because there’s a second conviction on a second trial to be made on which he could get up to 25 years. The court has agreed to serving his sentences concurrently, though, which means if he gets more then 20 year in the second case then he will serve that one if not he will serve the first one, sort of to speak.

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Convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez earned $75,000 a year working undercover for the U.S. Secret Service, informing on bank card thieves before he was arrested in 2008 for running his own multimillion-dollar card-hacking operation.

The information comes from one of Gonzalez’s best friends and convicted accomplices, Stephen Watt. Watt pleaded guilty last year to creating a sniffer program that Gonzalez used to siphon millions of credit and debit card numbers from the TJX corporate network while he was working undercover for the government.

Watt told Threat Level that Gonzalez was paid in cash, which is generally done to protect someone’s status as a confidential informant. The Secret Service said it would not comment on payments made to informants. Gonzalez’s attorney did not respond to a call for comment.

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