Paypal hacker jailed for 18 months

By Chris Dawson January 25, 2013 - 9:39 am

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.

  • 4 years ago

    I wonder how much of that money was for the new hardware and software and how much was really caused by the hacking. You really can’t claim the former because they should have had that in the first place. It would be like suing a burglar because you needed to install a security system after he broke in.

  • kga123
    4 years ago

    Has Paypal got more issues today? (Mon 28th) We cannot see our transactions on the site and the Tel number does not work. Customers have started to say they are having problems and the eBay chat program is not available..Or is it just me

    • Tim
      4 years ago

      Paypal is definitely having a bit of a meltdown at the moment – great news first thing on a Monday.. I’ve just had 3 PayPal payment notifications for items purchased but no sign of these orders on my eBay selling page.

    • Gemma
      4 years ago

      There is a lot of it about today… We have the same issue – payments but no sales and EBay’s phone lines are dead :-( We had a message from one of the buyers through eBay saying she was trying to purchase but got a message saying the item was no longer available. We have 2 payments from her but no orders – and the stock hasn’t been deducted from the listing so I would suggest you check your stock levels once they resolve the problem…

    • 4 years ago

      No, it’s not just you! :-)

      But it’s all working ok now. The glitch lasted just for an hour or so, at least for my account.

    • JD
      4 years ago

      Do you work for eBay and or PayPal?

  • Gerry007
    4 years ago

    Multiple payments from a few buyers & not showing as paid on ebay.
    Seems OK now?.

    NO payment information received on our own website, just blank.
    Having to check Paypal manually.

    • Gemma
      4 years ago

      Hi Gerry

      Just in case you aren’t aware of it, check your IPN history under the history tab in Paypal and you will see the delivery status of all the transactions sent to your website. You can resend the notifications to your website for the missing transactions and they will start to appear. Use it with caution though – if it says retrying and you have already processed the order manually, you run the risk of double dispatching once it manages to send the order through. Like wise you should keep an eye on any “sent” transactions that you resend in case they come through later.

      Apologies if you already know about this – but it saved me a hell of a lot of time today and the task of having to manually check the stock out, so thought it was worth a mention in case it helps someone…