FBI investigation leads to Sompting man being jailed for Facebook hacking

A SOMPTING man has been jailed for hacking into a private Facebook account.

Gareth Crosskey, 21, of Avon Close, was jailed yesterday (Wednesday, May 16) at Southwark Crown Court for 12 months after hacking into a private Facebook account.

Crosskey was sentenced following a successful investigation by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

On January 12, 2011, Crosskey gained unauthorised access to the Facebook account of an individual, including the private email facility.

The breach was reported to the FBI, which, following inquiries, traced the source of the unauthorised access to the UK.

The matter was passed to the Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit, which made inquiries to trace the suspect.

On July 14, 2011, Crosskey was arrested at his home address for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Computers and other storage devices were recovered from his home and were subject to analysis.

Crosskey was taken to Worthing police station where he was interviewed about the matter.

He was released on bail and, following his return on February 29, he was charged with two computer misuse offences.

A spokesman for the Met said: “The PCeU is working to detect and bring before the courts those responsible for this type of offence. Today’s result should act as a deterrant to any individuals thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity. By taking swift action, PCeU officers were able to quickly detain Crosskey thereby preventing further disruption to the victim.”