Hacker ordered to pay £20k in costs and compensation

A 23-year-old Bulgarian hacker, who had faked being a student and broke into the e-mail accounts of students, has been ordered to pay £21,000 in costs & compensation.

Bulgarian national Daniel Woo has also been given a suspended 36-week prison sentence, 200 hours of community service, and has been placed under two-year supervision.

Daniel Woo, who has been charged under the Misuse of Computers Act, admitted that he unlawfully installed password-capturing software at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies.

Woo made use of stolen passwords to gain access to students’ valuable data such as personal identification details and financial information.

Speaking on the case, the police said, “Once in, he used various hacking techniques to break a number of students' passwords, thereby gaining access to their accounts.”

It was not the first time that Woo had committed hacking offences. Earlier, he committed similar hacking offences at the University of Coventry.