Tuesday, March 23, 2010

TJX Accomplice Gets Probation for Selling Browser Exploit

Kim Zetter writes on Threat Level:

A computer security professional who provided Internet Explorer exploit code that helped hackers penetrate TJX and other companies was sentenced Tuesday in Boston to three years probation and a $10,000 fine.

Jeremy Jethro, 29, was paid $60,000 in cash by convicted TJX hacker Albert Gonzalez for a zero-day exploit against Microsoft’s browser, which Gonzalez and his co-conspirators used to obtain unauthorized access to company networks and steal more than 90 million credit and debit card numbers.

Jethro pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge for providing the malware. Under Tuesday’s sentence, Jethro will be confined at home, under electronic monitoring, for the first six months of his three-year-long probation. His attorney did not respond to a call for comment.

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