Facebook Hack Nets Eight Month Prison Sentence

    February 19, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Facebook doesn’t take too kindly to being hacked. This was made rather apparent this week when a young man was sentenced to eight months in prison for hacking the social networking site.

Reuters is reporting that Glenn Mangham, a 26-year-old British student, said that he hacked Facebook from his parent’s house last year. The hack was apparently so severe that Facebook thought that they were dealing with “major industrial espionage.”

“This was the most extensive and flagrant incidence of social media hacking to be brought before British courts,” Alison Saunders, London’s Chief Prosecutor, said. “Fortunately, this did not involve any personal user data being compromised.”

Facebook took notice of the hack in April of last year and called the FBI to track the source. Once confirming the source of the hack, British police raided the home of Mangham in June.

This apparently was caused by Mangham wanting to help Facebook improve their security. He had reportedly once been hired by Yahoo to improve their security. The explanation was tossed out by the prosecution. They said that the hack couldn’t be anything but malicious.

What may have been a major factor in the case is that Facebook had reportedly spent $200,000 in dealing with the hack.

The judge made a point to use Mangham as an example to other would-be hackers by saying that these kind of attacks have “real consequences” and could be “utterly disastrous” for Web sites like Facebook.

The lesson to be learned in all of this is that you shouldn’t hack a Web site unless you’re hired by them to improve their security. Don’t just hack a Web site hoping to get a job with their security team. You’re more than likely going to end up in prison.

  • http://googleetc... Simona Markovic

    Would U answer to me:WHAT ABOUT GOVERNMENT HACK US(A)ER`S!!!?
    UNDER THE LAW&UP THERE(top hill privilegy status of Golden Eye!!!IT`S A TIN A LINE BETWEEN LIKE THIS…OR LIKE THAT…
    HOWEVER—Thank You!!!

  • Raymond Moser

    My comment is a rather cynical, sadness that comes with an awareness that “image has become reality” on the internet, just as social persona masquerading as real people, replaced mental health habits like honesty in the pre-internet age. Who cares if the writer, Zach Walton “sips bourbon, while writing commentary”? can you say the word SHALLOW?

  • http://Facebook maryann

    WOw Mark sure works face when they hack his company.But when We as users of facebook gets hacked by idiots its ok we dont get no help from Mark or His Security.U can write and write to Mark Zuckerman And no respond back.Its suppose to be a secure site And its not people are hacking into other peoples Profile and getting there info and I feel sumthing should be done about it.Lets see if Mark Responds to this