Jail Time for Facebook Hacker

Tue 21 February 2012 16:05, Leanne Collyer

Jail Time for Facebook Hacker

Online hacking is used to commit fraud, theft and a range of other illegal activities. Not something to be taken lightly. However, when Glenn Mangham, a 26 year old software developer from Britain, gained access to a Facebook account, he insisted it was harmless and in the name of improving the site's security.

Authorities took a different viewpoint. The FBI and British law enforcement, suspecting industrial espionage, launched a costly and timely investigation into the incident. Alison Saunders, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said “this represented the most serious and grave incident of social media hacking to be brought before the British courts”. Facebook reportedly spent $200,000 dealing with the aftermath of Mangham's crime.

Mangham said he chose the site because it represented a challenge, and had no intention of selling the information he gained from his endeavour. He even claimed to have done the same for Yahoo. Nevertheless, he received an 8 month sentence for his criminal actions.

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