Lewys Martin, a 20 year-old man from Deal, Kent, has been jailed for 18 months after admitting to making thousands of pounds by selling credit card details obtained via a virus distributed with a Call of Duty hack.
According to Kent Online, the trojan, hidden within a Call of Duty hack, allowed Martin to monitor the users' keystrokes, making it possible to obtain credit card details, passwords and codes which were later sold for between $1 and $5 through a website.
All profits from his illegal activities were kept in an offshore account in Costa Rica.
The man was eventually found after stealing equipment from colleges in Dover and Deal while under the influence of alcohol. Police found more than 300 credit cards and passwords in his home.
The case was deferred in November 2011 to enable Martin to complete a computer course, but it wasn't long before he was caught breaking into Walmer Science College whilst on bail.
"We don't know how much money he got through selling the card details because the money is in a bank which won't co-operate with the authorities," said prosecutor Edmund Burge. "But Martin admitted to police that it was in the thousands of pounds."
Defence council Thomas Restell added: "It is clear that he is too clever for his own good and being that clever found it too easy to use that knowledge for nefarious purposes."
Martin asked permission to complete his computer course, but was denied by judge Nigel Van Der Bijl who said he'd already been given that chance and didn't keep his promise.