NEWS - April 03, 2012
by Carol~ - 4/3/12 7:11 AM
Computer expert who stole eight million people's personal details for an 'intellectual challenge' jailed for two and half years
A computer hacker illegally acquired enough credit and debit card details to carry out a potential £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 balances.
Pearson, an 'incredibly talented' boarding school student who carried out the crime for an 'intellectual challenge', has been jailed for two years and two months.
He also managed to shut down part of the mobile phone giant Nokia's internal network for two weeks after hacking in and copying the details of over 8,000 members of staff, Southwark Crown Court heard.
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