Widespread hacker admits game over

An American-based hacker has admitted that he infected hundreds of thousands of computers with keyloggers and his game is over.

250,000 was the tally of the amount of computers bugged with special keylogger software that records all key strokes. With this John Schiefer managed to steal an unknown amount of money from an unknown amount of people – prosecutors are still investigating. The money was stolen from sites such as PayPal and various American bank accounts.

Schiefer plead guilty to four charges of fraud and bugging. One is missing, um: theft?! He faces a huge 60-year jail term and a further whopping US$1.75 million fine.

And get this, the 26-year-old worked for Dutch Internet advertising company Simpel Internet as a consultant. 150,000 of these computers were installed with malicious spyware code. He defruaded this company of more than $19,000.


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