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Facebook Hacker Gets Jail Time

     
8:14 pm on Feb 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Hacker Gets Jail Time [guardian.co.uk]
A student who hacked into Facebook in the "most extensive and grave" case of social media hacking to come before a British court was jailed for eight months on Friday.

Glenn Mangham, 26, admitted infiltrating the website from his bedroom in his parents' house between April and May last year.

His actions were said to have risked destroying "the whole enterprise" and sparked fears among American authorities of industrial espionage.
8:47 pm on Feb 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't know to make a joke here or be serious.

Joke - Surely this kid can find something better to do in the bedroom.

Serious - With knowledge and determination, no system is secure. Maybe his intentions we altruistic, but his methods were questionable. Of course, society being what it is today, he'll probably get a 6 or 7 figure job once he's out of jail to test companies' IT security.

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3:31 am on Feb 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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When you're 26, still living at home, and the best you can do in your bedroom is hack Facebook, there's some issues here.

What I don't get about people like this is if you have those kind of computer skills, why not build something useful and make some money?

For instance, he could've actually went to Facebook and applied for a security job to help harden their site after showing them it was vulnerable instead of being a total schmuck and landing himself in the clinker.

Maybe jail will help him get out and socialize just a little.
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Maybe jail will help him get out and socialize just a little.


Hmmm. Geek in jail and "socialize" probably does not have a happy ending.

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