A 21 year-old British man, Gareth Crosskey, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison for hacking one US citizen’s Facebook account over six months in 2011.
Crosskey had earlier pleaded guilty under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act to compromising “a computer belonging to Facebook”.
For six months from 12 January 2011 he “caused a computer to perform a function with intent to secure unauthorised access to a program or data relating to a client held in a computer belonging to Facebook”, according to a statement from Scotland Yard.
He also faced a second charge under the Computer Misuse Act.
Crosskey had accessed the victim’s email account before being arrested at his home in West Sussex on 14 July 2011.
The initial complaint was made to the FBI, which traced the breach to the UK, and handed the matter to the Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unite.
UK authorities seized computers and other storage devices from Crossley’s home for analysis.
"Today's result should act as a deterrant (sic) to any individuals thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity. By taking swift action, PCeU officers were able to quickly detain Crosskey thereby preventing further disruption to the victim," Scotland Yard said in a statement.