Hacker pleads guilty in infecting 25,000 PCs

Posted: November 11, 2007 in Tech

John Schiefer, 26, of Los Angeles, has agreed to plead guilty to four felony counts: accessing protected computers to conduct fraud, disclosing illegally intercepted electronic communications, wire fraud and bank fraud.

Schiefer admitted infecting 250,000 computers and stealing the identities of thousands of people by wiretapping their communications and accessing their bank accounts.

Schiefer acknowledged installing malicious computer code, or “malware,” that acted as a wiretap on compromised computers.

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