Hacker arrested in Francefor stealing about 500,000 euros using malware apps
By KimberStreams on October 19, 2012 11:13 am
A 20-year old French hacker has been arrested for stealingabout 500,000 euros ($651,000) from approximately 17,000 people using malwareembedded in software apps.
The hacker worked out of his parents home since 2011,designing free apps that were similar in appearance to popular ones.
These clone apps sent text messages to premium-rate numberswithout the user's knowledge and recorded sign-in information for gaming andgambling websites, neither of which are unusual techniques.
The BBC reports that after his arrest in Amiens, the hacker admitted his crimes andclaimed that he wasn't in it for the money, but acted out of "a love ofcomputers and an ambition to be a software developer."