Edward Pearson, aka G-Zero, has been jailed for 26 months at Southwark Crown Court for “making an article for use in fraud and two counts of possession of an article for use in fraud.”
According to the Sophos NakedSecurity blog, “Edward Pearson, a UK-based 23-year-old from York, had grand plans to make his fortune by stealing from individuals and companies through hacking and information-stealing malware.”
David Hughes, prosecuting, told the court, “When police examined other computers they found the details of 2,701 credit or debit cards. Based on the average fraud used on a single card being £309, the potential gain to be made by him was £834,000.”
The emerging picture is one of a criminal mastermind who used Zeus, SpyEye and his own Python code to steal personal and credit card details for personal gain – even, at one point, forcing Nokia to close some of its systems for two weeks following a Pearson hack (thought to be the August 2011 SQL injection of the developers.nokia.com site).