By  on March 31, 2010

As a judge handed down prison terms to two hackers for their roles in a ring that stole millions of credit card numbers from U.S. retailers, the list of their victims grew this week to include J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and The Wet Seal Inc., though both companies said the group did not obtain their customers’ data.

On Friday, a judge in U.S. District Court in Boston sentenced Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, to 20 years in prison for his part as leader of the group, which, beginning in 2003, installed software in retailers’ networks that captured more than 40 million credit card numbers. Co-conspirator Christopher Scott, 28, also of Miami, received a seven-year sentence on Monday. Both men had earlier pleaded guilty to charges including fraud and identity theft.

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