Jailed Cyber Criminal Joins Prison's Computer Class, Hacks Its Network

When one of Britain's biggest cyber criminals was jailed in 2011, officials thought they would be safe from his internet attacks. But then he managed to sneak into a prison computer class and hack the jail's network.

Nicholas Webber, pictured above, was jailed for five years in 2011 for running a large-scale internet crime site, called Ghost Market, that creamed almost $US750,000 from 3500 credit cards. Sadly, prison employees didn't seem to be aware of his history.

According to reports, Michael Fox, who ran a series of computer classes at the prison, allowed Webber to join in. Big mistake: he eventually hacked his way into the jail's computer network, causing "major panic". Turns out he did little harm, but that's hardly the point. And that's why Fox is no longer teaching at the prison.

Currently, the tutor is fighting a legal battle claiming unfair dismissal — and, with any luck, Webber is being kept away from computers. [Daily Mail via CNET via The Verge]

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