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Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced in Reading for multiple offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

John Johnson, aged 22, of The Knares, Basildon, Essex was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment at a hearing at Reading Crown Court today (19/3).

He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to 11 counts of making, adapting, supplying or offering to supply an article intending that it should be used to commit or to assist in the commission of Computer Misuse Act offences, four counts of causing a computer to perform a function with intent to secure unauthorised access, and one count of obtaining an article intending to use it to commit or assist in the commission of Computer Misuse Act offences. 

The offences took place between 15 September 2016 and 30 June 2017.

Johnson used software to target usernames and passwords of users of various websites to gain access to services without payment. He was also involved in creating software for this purpose as well as targeting companies.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Phillip Walden, of the Cyber Crime Unit, said: “The true cost of this crime was the impact upon customers whose accounts were being used without their knowledge and the cost to companies of preventing these activities.

“On sentencing Johnson, the judge said it is vitally important to those who invest so much of themselves and personal data into the internet that they know the courts will protect and value their data to the highest degree. As such custody was the only option.

“Thames Valley Police Cyber Crime Unit works with a wide range of law enforcement, government and private sector partners as part of Team Cyber UK to disrupt this type of criminality.

“We would like to remind the public and businesses to take time to consider their cyber security, in particular using strong passwords unique to each account and enabling two-factor authentication wherever possible.”

For information on cyber security you can visit the Thames Valley Police website or for further cyber protect advice visit www.ncsc.gov.uk.

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