Selena Gomez's Facebook hacker jailed
The British fan who hacked Selena Gomez’s Facebook, Twitter and four personal email accounts, has been sentenced to one year in jail.entertainment Updated: May 22, 2012 16:35 IST
The British fan who hacked Selena Gomez’s Facebook, Twitter and four personal email accounts, has been sentenced to one year in jail.
British fast-food worker Gareth Crosskey infiltrated into the 19-year-old singer’s social media accounts last January, reportedly to make a point about Facebook’s lack of security after his own account was hacked.
In return, Crosskey, 21, was slapped with a 12-month jail sentence for two charges under London’s Computer Misuse Act, Britain’s Sun newspaper reported.
According to the paper, Crosskey gained access to the pop star’s information by posing as her stepfather, Brian Teefey, and convincing the Facebook staff to let him reset her password.
He then had full access to her entire profile.
One of the first things Crosskey did was post “Justin Bieber sucks” on her Facebook and Twitter pages, much to the fury of many both Beliebers and Disney star’s fans, the New York Daily reported.
The hacker also sifted through Gomez’s emails and even contacted OK! magazine and Hollywood Life in an attempt to sell off information.
Crosskey even posted a video on YouTube showing off his hacking methods, which eventually helped the FBI and the U.K.’s Metropolitan Police’s E-Crime Unit track him down easily after his offensive posts in early January of last year.
“You are clever with a computer and you hacked into the private part of somebody’s Facebook account,” Judge John Price reportedly told Crosskey at his hearing last February.
“[But] people deserve privacy and should not have their private correspondence made public,” the judge said.
Crosskey has reportedly since expressed regret over his actions and is currently enrolled in college courses to learn how to design computer games.
“He accepts this actions have cause distress and alarm,” his defense attorney Gareth Morgan said of Crosskey now, “and he accepts that his actions were stupid.”
First Published: May 22, 2012 16:33 IST