Nine Month Sentence For Hacker

Anwar Batson, 29, from Notting Hill in London was sentenced to nine months imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on 10th January.

Mr Batson admitted to four offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and one fraud charge, in regard to offences he’d committed against The National Lottery.

The National Lottery informed The National Crime Agency (NCA) about the attack in November 2016, as the database affected contained approximately nine million customer records.

An investigation ensued, which resulted in Daniel Thompson, 27 from Newcastle and Idris Kayode Akinwunmi, 21 from Birmingham being imprisoned for eight and four months respectively in 2018 for their role in the attack.

Thompson and Akinwunmi were responsible for using a tool to bombard victims’ web domains with thousands of log-in attempts to gain entry to their account.

The National Crime Agency, discovered that Batson was responsible for launching the initial attack, bragging to others that he could make quick and easy money from The National Lottery’s parent company Camelot.

It’s during this bragging phase that he linked himself to Akinwunmi, who he gave the username and password of one lottery player who stole £13 from the account and then sent Batson £5.

Andrew Shorrock, The NCA Senior Investigating Officer, said:

“Even the most basic forms of cyber-crime can have any substantial impact on teams.

“No one should think cyber-crime is victimless or that they can get away with it. The NCA will pursue and identify offenders and any conviction can be devastating to their futures.”

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