UK: Computer hacker avoids jail after targeting young people online for entertainment

Here’s another case in the UK where you’re likely to ponder what the sentence might have been here in the U.S.

The Warrington Guardian reports:

A self-confessed IT geek who hacked into strangers’ computers for his own entertainment has escaped an immediate jail term.

Ryan Thompson, of Hughes Avenue, Orford, was sentenced to six months in prison which was suspended for 12 months at Warrington Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to unauthorised access of a computer.

The court heard how the 26-year-old, who has no previous convictions, was arrested following a joint investigation between the FBI and the National Crime Agency.


Thompson was also ordered to pay £300 and carry out 280 hours of unpaid work.

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