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Albert Gonzalez, the hacker who led a multinational group of friends and associates through some of the biggest retail hacks of card data in history, received a sentence of 20 years and a day for his part in the multiple thefts.

Resulting from what the government claimed became a tour de force in computer thieving, prosecutors brought cases against Gonzalez, 28, and others in three different venues to reflect the number and diversity of the retail companies hit. In addition to Heartland Payment Systems, the biggest hit, other companies which lost data included 7-Eleven, Hannaford Brothers Supermarkets, TJX, DSW, Barnes and Noble, Office Max and the Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain.

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