Paypal hacker jailed for 18 months

A Northamptonshire student who’s hacking activities reportedly cost PayPal £3.5 million was sentenced to eighteen months in prison for his part in the crime.

He was also responsible for conspiring to attack the websites of Visa, MasterCard and others as well as PayPal. Following the attack over 100 PayPal employees were tasked to work on issues related to the attack. PayPal also had to deploy new hardware and software to ensure that a similar attack would never be successful again.

What probably hurt more than the prison sentence is that the judge ordered the defendant’s computer be seized and confiscated. He did ask if just the hard drive be taken and the shell of the computer be left, but the judge said that was too much like hard work. One would imagine that he had a pretty beefy machine which he was pretty fond of – £3.5 million costs to PayPal, couple of thousand quid on a computer, Hard to have too much sympathy.