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Sussex-based computer hacker reveals he wanted to impress

A computer hacker who posed as pop star Justin Bieber’s girlfriend has spoken of his crime for the first time.

Gareth Crosskey told a Channel 4 documentary how he tricked his way into Selena Gomez’s Facebook account to impress other online hackers.

The 21-year-old was jailed for 12 months for the stunt, which triggered a torrent of hate mail aimed at the teenage star.

Crosskey, from Avon Close, Sompting, appeared on the documentary Don’t Blame Facebook on Tuesday night.

He described how he had begun hacking and in January 2011 was challenged online to break into Facebook.

He chose Miss Gomez, who was then 19, because of her relationship with Mr Bieber.

He said: “You’re just thinking of it as a challenge, you don’t think about the consequences. You don’t think about the reactions, or what impact it could cause on a person.”

Crosskey posed as Miss Gomez’s father to obtain log-in details from Facebook.

He posted a message saying: “Justin Bieber sucks”.

FBI investigation

Miss Gomez immediately received hundreds of thousands of comments.

The FBI investigated the incident, tracing Crosskey’s activity where Sussex Police and the Metropolitan Police’s central e-crime unit took over.

Crosskey told the documentary: “I knew I was in trouble when my house got raided at 6 o’clock in the morning. They seized everything, my computers, my family’s computers, laptops, iPhones, my phone.”

Crosskey admitted crimes under the Computer Misuse Act, including causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorised access to data and intending to impair the operation of a computer.

Prison sentence

He was given a 12-month prison sentence at Southwark Crown Court in May last year.

He told the documentary: “As soon as he said my sentence, I was handcuffed.

“I arrived at Wandsworth Prison. It is the emotion of being trapped, you know you can’t go nowhere.”

After his sentencing, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying: “The result should act as a deterrent to any individuals thinking of participating in this type of activity.”

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7:36pm Thu 10 Jan 13

markiemark1 says...

Not much difference between this and illegally using the DVLA to do keeper enquiries. Not that I'm saying for a minute the police would do this - but Sussex Police were suspended from directly accessing for a reason!!! Perhaps a year or two inside would do the said officers some good!!
Not much difference between this and illegally using the DVLA to do keeper enquiries. Not that I'm saying for a minute the police would do this - but Sussex Police were suspended from directly accessing for a reason!!! Perhaps a year or two inside would do the said officers some good!! markiemark1
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7:49pm Thu 10 Jan 13

qm says...

12 months for stating a fact? The courts have given less for causing death!
Now I know there's no hope . . . . .
12 months for stating a fact? The courts have given less for causing death! Now I know there's no hope . . . . . qm
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8:31pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Ballroom Blitz says...

He's done b**ger all except annoy a very annoying so called US singer.
Please. Has everyone lost their sense of proportion? Personally, would give him a medal.
A prison sentence for this is so out of proportion I can hardly believe it.
Justin Beibers a to55er. Now am I going to prison for a year?
He's done b**ger all except annoy a very annoying so called US singer. Please. Has everyone lost their sense of proportion? Personally, would give him a medal. A prison sentence for this is so out of proportion I can hardly believe it. Justin Beibers a to55er. Now am I going to prison for a year? Ballroom Blitz
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8:43pm Thu 10 Jan 13

JoeBlow says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
He's done b**ger all except annoy a very annoying so called US singer.
Please. Has everyone lost their sense of proportion? Personally, would give him a medal.
A prison sentence for this is so out of proportion I can hardly believe it.
Justin Beibers a to55er. Now am I going to prison for a year?
Please, he's a "so-called Canadian singer."
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: He's done b**ger all except annoy a very annoying so called US singer. Please. Has everyone lost their sense of proportion? Personally, would give him a medal. A prison sentence for this is so out of proportion I can hardly believe it. Justin Beibers a to55er. Now am I going to prison for a year?[/p][/quote]Please, he's a "so-called Canadian singer." JoeBlow
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9:10pm Thu 10 Jan 13

martyt says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
He's done b**ger all except annoy a very annoying so called US singer.
Please. Has everyone lost their sense of proportion? Personally, would give him a medal.
A prison sentence for this is so out of proportion I can hardly believe it.
Justin Beibers a to55er. Now am I going to prison for a year?
and in the same paper a couple get away with a 2 year and a walk out of court for 60k benefits fiddle
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: He's done b**ger all except annoy a very annoying so called US singer. Please. Has everyone lost their sense of proportion? Personally, would give him a medal. A prison sentence for this is so out of proportion I can hardly believe it. Justin Beibers a to55er. Now am I going to prison for a year?[/p][/quote]and in the same paper a couple get away with a 2 year and a walk out of court for 60k benefits fiddle martyt
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11:34pm Thu 10 Jan 13

NickBrt says...

Shoudl have got his Mum to say he mustn't go to prison like the hacker into the USA computers mother did.
Shoudl have got his Mum to say he mustn't go to prison like the hacker into the USA computers mother did. NickBrt
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11:14am Fri 11 Jan 13

anonymous coward says...

"should act as a deterrent"

Unfortunately, there's no evidence to support that statement. As the police well know.
"should act as a deterrent" Unfortunately, there's no evidence to support that statement. As the police well know. anonymous coward
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4:06pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Flippin Burghers says...

Credit where it's due, this boy is obviously sharp: 'I knew I was in trouble when my house got raided at 6 o’clock in the morning. They seized everything, my computers, my family’s computers, laptops, iPhones, my phone.'
Credit where it's due, this boy is obviously sharp: 'I knew I was in trouble when my house got raided at 6 o’clock in the morning. They seized everything, my computers, my family’s computers, laptops, iPhones, my phone.' Flippin Burghers
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