Feeds

Bogus Baron BOFH banged up

Phoney peer gets 21 months' imprisonment

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

A phoney English Lord who stole a dead baby's identity to lead a fantasy life has been jailed for 21 months for passport fraud. 'Christopher Edward Buckingham' was sent to prison by a judge yesterday without revealing his true identity, after living 23 years under the assumed name.

The self-styled Earl of Buckingham married under this false name and fathered two children, whose nationality has now been called into question. He told his former wife Jody that his parents died in a plane crash in Egypt in 1982. The couple divorced in 1997.

The impostor's cover was blown after checks by the Passport Agency revealed he had stolen the identity of Christopher Edward Buckingham, an infant who died aged just eight months, in 1963. The ruse was copied from the one employed by the assassin in Frederick Forsyth’s novel The Day of the Jackal. Unlike that character "Buckingham" maintained an unremarkable life working as an IT security consultant for a Zurich-based Swiss insurance firm since 2001.

Buckingham's passport was revoked in 2003. He was arrested in January after routine checks by an alert immigration official in Calais showed he was travelling under fraudulent documentation. He was shipped back to the UK and charged with making a false passport application. He pleaded guilty to the offence at a hearing a Canterbury Crown Court last month.

Sentencing him on Tuesday, Judge Adele Williams said: "Someone does not assume a false identity unless there is a very good reason... You have shown a lack of remorse and have actively obstructed in revealing your true identity," he added

Detective Constable David Sprigg, the Kent Police officer who investigated the case, told The Daily Telegraph: "I think that he has got some dark secret that he is hiding and he doesn’t want us to know what it is." The mother of the real Christopher Buckingham, Audrey Wing, said the trial had brought back the agony of her baby son's untimely death during a caravan holiday in 1963.

Despite police appeals, Buckingham's true identity remains a mystery. DNA and fingerprint checks on Buckingham have drawn a blank. Strict privacy laws in Switzerland have hampered checks in the country, where Buckingham is believed to have a safety deposit box. Buckingham owns a house in Northampton but little else is known about him, least of all his true identity. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.