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[DM] Computer expert who stole eight million people’s personal details for an 'intellectual challenge' jailed for two and half years

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Originally Posted by Daily Mail .co .uk 

  • Program scanned through 200,000 PayPal accounts
  • Part of Nokia internal network temporarily shut down
  • Girlfriend used stolen card details to try and pay for luxury hotels
  • Hacker hoarded enough personal details to fill 67,500 double-sided A4 pages


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.

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I didn't see it specified in the article, but IS being imprisoned for 2 years? or HAS been imprisoned for 2 years?

I find it funny that people can go to prison much longer periods of time for lesser crimes (weed for example). But when a person with the know how to do all this goes ahead and does all this damage, only gets two years...something is wrong lol.
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I didn't see it specified in the article, but IS being imprisoned for 2 years? or HAS been imprisoned for 2 years?
I find it funny that people can go to prison much longer periods of time for lesser crimes (weed for example). But when a person with the know how to do all this goes ahead and does all this damage, only gets two years...something is wrong lol.

What about piracy? rolleyes.gif
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Only a matter of time before some guys will come in this thread and say it was the fault of the victims for "not being cautious enough" and that the guy is a genius and should be released and employed by the government.
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Wow...
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fault of the victims

Meh my brother had 12 viruses on his computer becaus ehe doesn't read what he is installing/downloading. Fault of the victims, sometime, fault of the programmer who coded the program. Definatly.
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I'm from York. Nobody I work with, or google maps, has ever heard of a place called "Lendale"

Edit: They meant "Lendal". Damn daily mail...
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I'm from York. Nobody I work with, or google maps, has ever heard of a place called "Lendale"
Edit: They meant "Lendal". Damn daily mail...

Lendale


50 Lake Ferry Road, RD 2 Featherston 5772, New Zealand
+64 6-307 7733 ‎

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Lendale

50 Lake Ferry Road, RD 2 Featherston 5772, New Zealand
+64 6-307 7733 ‎
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Close enough I guess.

Also, he hasn't served his sentence yet.
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