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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Wed Apr 04 2012 - 02:04:29 CDT
By Phil Vinter
3 April 2012
A computer hacker illegally acquired enough credit and debit card
details to carry out a potential Â£800,000 worth of fraud.
Edward Pearson, 23, of Lendale, York, used a trojan virus to download
thousands of credit card details along with the postcodes, passwords,
names and dates of birth of more than eight million people in the UK.
One of his programs scanned through 200,000 accounts registered to
online payment service PayPal - identifying names, passwords and current
Pearson, an 'incredibly talented' boarding school student who carried
out the crime for an â€˜intellectual challengeâ€™, has been jailed for two
years and two months.
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