European Data Protection Digest

Student Gets Prison Time for Facebook Hack

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 24, 2012

A British student who hacked into Facebook's computers has been sentenced to eight months in prison, reports AAP. Glenn Mangham, 26, accessed the social network's computers from his bedroom and stole "invaluable intellectual property," the report states. It was an attack that "represents the most extensive and grave incident of social media hacking to be brought before the British courts," Prosecutor Sandip Patel said. Mangham's defense argued that he hacked the system to show Facebook how to better protect its security. The judge ruled his actions had "very serious potential consequences."
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