August 14th, 2007 05:43 EST
U.K. Web designer jailed for hacking
A website designer has been sentenced under the Computer Misuse Act after hacking in to a competitor`s website.
Mark Hopkins was sentenced to 20 weeks in custody suspended for two years, 100 hours community service, and to pay "5,000 compensation to the victim and "2,500 police and prosecution costs.
He pleaded guilty to unauthorised access to computer systems. In September 2005 ME Publishing Limited (the publisher of Motorcycle Trader and the website www.motorcycletrader.net ) was advised by its web consultancy that the website had been hacked into and a large amount of internal information had been downloaded.
The web consultants advised ME Publishing that it had traced the hacking to a computer located at the offices of NXGN Limited in Solihull.
NXGN is well known in the motorcycle industry for supplying various web services to companies such as Motorcycle News, British Dealer News, Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph and Fish4Bikes amongst others.
NXGN denied hacking into the Motorcycle Trader website and so the web consultants sent a technical report to the Metropolitan Police Service. Managing Director of NXGN Mark Hopkins was arrested in Solihull.
DC Mark Roberts, Met Police Computer Crime Unit, said:
"This sentencing is an excellent example of how industry and the police are working together to tackle those who would commit e-crime."
Source:Met Police Computer Crime Unit