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Infecting hundreds of thousands of computers: hackers

Date: November 12, 2007

A hacker pleaded guilty to infecting hundreds of thousands of computers with malware to steal money from Paypal accounts. He could spend 60 years in prison and face a $1.75 million fine, reports PC World.

John Schiefer, 26, admitted he and some associates developed malware that allowed them to create botnet armies of as many as 250 000 computers.

Schiefer was able to collect information sent from the infected computers, including user names and passwords for Paypal accounts. He and his associates were then able to make purchases using the Paypal accounts.
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