Selena Gomez’s Facebook account hacker jailed for one year

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Southwark Crown Court has sentenced a 21-year-old British man to a year in prison after he admitted hacking into the Facebook account of Justin Bieber’s girlfriend, Selena Gomez, and accessed private messages.

Gareth Crosskey, of the village of Sompting, near Lancing, in West Sussex, was jailed yesterday after admitting he had hacked into a private Facebook account.

The hack was initially reported to the FBI, who traced the source of the unauthorised access to the UK. The Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) arrested Crosskey in July last year, and took away from his home computers and other storage devices for analysis.

Crosskey was subsequently charged with two offenses under the Computer Misuse Act

A statement issued by the PCeU underlined their hope that the jail sentence would act…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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