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UK bank hacker sentenced to five years in prison for money theft

A British hacker was sentenced to more than five years in prison for pleading guilty to his role in a hacking scheme

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Apr 25, 2014 12:09 am

Tony Colston-Hayter, dubbed the "Acid House King," has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for his part in a "sophisticated cyberattack" that stole $2.1 million from UK banks. Hayter worked alongside nine others used a clever Trojan to make transfers from Barclays and Santander bank branches, along with stealing credit and debit card account information of other victims.

 

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The criminals used the stolen money to splurge on a rather lifestyle, including purchasing Rolex watches, high-end designer clothing, jewelry, and electronics.

 

"You were once a very successful and noted businessman, and once even appeared on the Jonathan Ross show," said Judge Juliet May QC, during the court hearing. "But it all went wrong - your marriage fell apart and you suffered from health issues before taking class A drugs such as crystal meth - although I gather you have taken every mind altering drug over the years."

NEWS SOURCESTelegraph.co.uk, Static-secure.guim.co.uk

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