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Team Poison teenager is sentenced to prison

Nuisance calls connected to cyber crime
Mon Jul 30 2012, 13:47
Hacker's hands on keyboard

A UK TEENAGER has pleaded guilty to criminal charges relating to cyber crime and sentenced to six months in prison for his troubles..

Junaid Hussain, 17 and of Birmingham, was the leader of the Team Poison group of hackers that infamously called the Met police anti-terrorism hotline for a bit of a giggle.

He has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to cause a public nuisance, because when he and the rest of Team Poison were making prank calls to the Met, legitimate callers were unable to get through.

Another allegation against him, that Team Poison was able to make off with ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair's address book, was added to the charges.

This, says the Met police , is contrary to the Computer Misuse Act and cannot go unnoticed or unpunished. It suggested that the six month sentence be treated as a warning to others.

"Hussain's actions were foolish and irresponsible," said detective inspector Stewart Garrick of the Police Central E-crime Unit.

"Today's sentencing emphasises the seriousness of his offence and should act as a deterrent to anyone else who feels that they can act in such a manner." µ

 

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