Southwark Crown Court sentences fake student hacker

London's Southwark Crown Court has ordered a 23-year-old Bulgarian hacker to pay £21,000 in costs & compensation for offences under the Misuse of Computers Act.

In addition to a fine of £21,000, the Bulgarian hacker, Daniel Woo, has been given a 36 week suspended prison sentence, a 2-year supervision order along with 200 hours of community service.

Earlier, Woo admitted to hacking offices after he was caught in an unlawful act of installing password-capturing software at School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London in November 2006.

Woo used stolen passwords to gain access to valuable data such as financial information and personal identification details.

The Police Central e-Crime Unit of the Metropolitan Police Service investigated and found that Woo had faked being a student to gain access to sensitive personal details of students in the campus.

Woo has also committed other similar offences at the University of Coventry.

Now, the court banned the Bulgarian hacker from any college or university premises without seeking police permission for one year.