UK man to spend year in the clink for Facebook account hack
21-year-old admitted breaking into US victim's profile
A British man has been jailed for a year after hacking into the Facebook account of a US citizen.
Gareth Crosskey, 21, of Avon Close, Lancing, in West Sussex, hacked into his unnamed victim's profile on 12 January 2011, gaining access to an e-mail account in the process. The breach was reported to the FBI, which traced the source of the hack back to the UK before turning the investigation over to Blighty's plod.
Scotland Yard's Police Central e-Crime Unit tracked down Crosskey as a suspect, leading to his arrest last July and subsequent prosecution. Faced with a mass of computer forensic evidence against him, Crosskey pleaded guilty to two hacking offences contrary to Britain's Computer Misuse Act. He was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment at a hearing at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.
The PCeU issued a statement that said the result of the case "should act as a deterrent to any individuals thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity". ®
Note to Home Secretary
Dear Mrs May
THIS IS HOW TO DEAL WITH THE GARY MCKINNON CASE.
FBI pass details to UK Police, they do investigation, gather evidence, and (if necessary under UK law) prosecute here.
Re: lol @ todays "hackers"
Oh dear Big Dumb Guy, your monika is unfortunately prescient.
I'll try to translate for the less moronic, and set you a small task of finding the caps lock key and learning how it works. It should keep you occupied for a week or two.
"HAHAHAHHAHHH" - Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
"A BRUITISH DUDE" - A British man (Note the spelling of British)
"GO TO JAIL " - has been sent to jail
"FOR MESSING WITH A AMERICAN" - for interfering with an American (notice "an" instead of "a")
"I LOVE IT" - I'm a twat
So you get less prison time for assault, mugging, robbing a property, carjacking, fraud, <insert more here> than you do for logging into someone else's online account? UK law is pathetic. Next they will be imprisoning people for not paying their tv licence while muggers get community service....oh wait...doh!
Makes you wonder why the FBI were involved as it is doubtful they bother to investigate all the cases of a single account hack.