Source: Tehran Times
TEHRAN - Shayan, a 20-year-old Iranian hacker, told his story and how he got into trouble when he was 16. Shayan is a young high school dropout and a computer geek from Ahvaz, southwest Iran, who first became a hacker by hacking unique e-mail addresses with three to four characters.
"I made money by selling those emails," he said in a live TV show broadcasted on Monday.
"Then, I heard that a hacker was arrested because of hacking bank accounts and that's when I started to think about doing the same thing."
"First I just hacked the account and checked them every day out of curiosity but I didn't withdraw any money from them," Shayan told the TV show host.
"I was just curious to see how these people spend money and tried to imagine what they buy or do with that money," he added.
He went on to explain that the first time he stole money by hacking a bank account was to buy a modem worth of 1.7 million rials (nearly $50).
Shayan didn't mention the total sum he stole by hacking into the people's bank account but he said that since he got caught at the age of 16 he had to made trips to different cities in Iran in order to get a satisfaction of judgment by paying all he has owed the plaintiffs to reach a settlement.
He is now out of prison on bail money and although he regretted his actions, he said that he has to spend 8 years in prison for what he has done.
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