UK's Facebook Hacker Jailed for Eight Months

By Gary Cutlack on at

26-year-old Glenn Mangham, who admitted hacking Facebook from within his bedroom at his parents' house in York, has been jailed for eight months. At least it now means he's moved out of mum & dad's house.

Glenn, who was studying software development at the time of the attack in April 2011, claimed his aim was to help Facebook by exposing its security flaws, but that excuse didn't wash with prosecutors, who said he committed "the most extensive and flagrant incidence of social media hacking to be brought before British courts."

Rather than stealing personal data of the social site's uses, Glenn accessed internal Facebook information, in an attack Facebook deemed serious enough to get the FBI involved.

At least Mangham has something good to put on his software developer CV when he gets out of prison -- the courts said his attacks "involved considerable technical expertise." [IT Pro]

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