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The Leopard
17 Feb 12 21:14
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.    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-17079853

A software development student from York who hacked into Facebook has been jailed for eight months.

Glenn Mangham, 26, had earlier admitted infiltrating the social networking website between April and May 2011.

Mangham, of Cornlands Road, York, had shown search engine Yahoo how it could improve security and said he wanted to do the same for Facebook.

Sentencing Mangham, Judge Alistair McCreath said his actions could have been "utterly disastrous" for Facebook.

Alison Saunders, from the Crown Prosecution Service, described the case as "the most extensive and flagrant incidence of social media hacking to be brought before British courts".

Prosecutor Sandip Patel rejected Mangham's claims, saying: "He acted with determination, undoubted ingenuity and it was sophisticated, it was calculating."

Facebook spent $200,000 (£126,400) dealing with Mangham's crime, which triggered a "concerted, time-consuming and costly investigation" by the FBI and British law enforcement, Mr Patel said.

Electronic footprint
The prosecutor told Southwark Crown Court in London how Mangham had "unlawfully accessed and hacked into the social media website Facebook and its computers in April to May last year from his bedroom in Yorkshire".

Mangham had ultimately stolen "invaluable" intellectual property, which he downloaded on to an external hard drive, said Mr Patel.

Facebook discovered the infiltration during a system check even though the defendant deleted his electronic footprint to cover his tracks.

Mr Mangham's defence lawyer Tom Ventham had said his client was an ethical hacker who had a "high moral stance" and Yahoo had "rewarded" him for pointing out its vulnerabilities previously.

He added that when Mangham was arrested he made "copious" admissions to police about what he had done.

Passing sentence, Judge Alistair McCreath told Mangham his actions were not harmless and had "real consequences and very serious potential consequences" for Facebook.

'Not harmless'
"You and others who are tempted to act as you did really must understand how serious this is," he said.

"The creation of that risk, the extent of that risk and the cost of putting it right mean at the end of it all I'm afraid a prison sentence is inevitable."

Mr McCreath said while he acknowledged that Mangham had never intended to pass on any of the information he had gathered, nor did he intend to make any money from it, his activities were "not just a bit of harmless experimentation".

"You accessed the very heart of the system of an international business of massive size, so this was not just fiddling about in the business records of some tiny business of no great importance," he said.

A spokesperson for Facebook said they "applauded" the work of the police and Crown Prosecution Service in this case, "which did not involve any compromise of personal user data".

They added: "We take any attempt to gain unauthorised access to our network very seriously, and we work closely with law enforcement authorities to ensure that offenders are brought to justice."
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Report The Leopard February 17, 2012 11:23 PM GMT
Facebook is evil !
Report The Leopard February 17, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
Power corrupts...total power corrupts totally...!
Report Catford Toteboard February 17, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
If someone sets up a facebook group defending this bloke I'll join it.
Can you be banned from facebook for that sort of thing?
Why didnt they just chuck him a few quid like yahoo? Impending float I suppose.
Report naydam February 17, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
I honestly cannot understand why it is deemed 'wrong' of him to show up the obvious weaknesses in their security.
For God's sake! They are supposedly PROTECTING the personal details held within their databank. They obviously can't.
Report MisterBadger February 17, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
A spokesperson for Facebook said they "applauded" the work of the police and Crown Prosecution Service in this case, "which did not involve any compromise of personal user data".

So why all the fuss then - they can't have it both ways?
Report The Leopard February 18, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
They are planning to gather masses of data....guess what for...
Report The Leopard February 18, 2012 10:01 AM GMT
tt
Report History Maker February 18, 2012 11:43 AM GMT
"You accessed the very heart of the system of an international business of massive size, so this was not just fiddling about in the business records of some tiny business of no great importance," he said.

That's the bit I have a problem with. F*ck with multinationals at your peril, but feel free to hack small businesses 'of no great importance.'
Report Easter 1916 February 18, 2012 11:45 AM GMT
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