Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/09/corrupt_comp_repair_tech_jailed/

Corrupt repair engineer jailed for bank fraud attempt

Candid camera outs opportunistic hacker

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 9th August 2010 10:48 GMT

A corrupt laptop repair engineer has gone to jail for nine months after he was convicted of hacking into the laptop of one of his customers.

Grzegorz Zachodni, 30, was caught browsing through pictures in a private folder and attempting to hack into an online banking account during a Sky News investigation into computer repair services. As part of the investigation a laptop with a simple fault, rigged to ensure that its webcam covertly filmed "repairs", was deposited at Laptop Revival in Hammersmith.

Zachodni used his access to the machine to browse photos of the reporter in a bikini in a folder marked private and to attempt to access Facebook, eBay and online banking accounts using a "password file" left on the machine. A total of six attempts were made to access the online banking account, Sky News reports.

Sky News passed on the results of its investigation to the Met Police, who subsequently charged Zachodni with attempted fraud, tried and convicted. In sentence, Judge Edmunds said Zachodni was caught "red handed" abusing the trust customers of the shop placed on him to carry out competent repairs.

"Hopefully this conviction will be a warning to the computer repair industry that the copying or use of customers' private and personal information is not acceptable," said Detective Constable Chris Young. ®