The teenage hacker who was apprehended by the FBI at the end of last month said he styled himself as the saint of ecommerce, fighting the evils of poor security from his bedroom in Wales.
Nineteen-year-old Raphael Gray was charged with illegally obtaining 23,000 credit card numbers and posting a large chunk of them on the internet. He also pleaded guilty to obtaining services by deception by using the credit card details. His antics even included sending a shipment of Viagra to Bill Gates.
But Gray insisted that he was acting as a "saint" of ecommerce by exposing security holes in websites. "I wanted to prove a point," he said.
One of the companies he hit folded and another stopped trading, and Visa is said to have incurred costs of £250,000 as a result of his actions. The sentencing judge said he was considering a custodial sentence for Gray.
On a similar note, a hacker who broke into NASA was arrested for the second time yesterday morning on federal wire charges after attempting to transfer a large amount of money through Western Union.
Jason Allen Diekman, of California, was picked up by the FBI on fraud charges.
Back in 1998, Diekman hacked into NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other government and university computer systems, causing over $17,000 in damage to the systems. He may face up to 16 years in prison.
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