Duo allegedly broke into Web-hosting company and stole credit card details from casino sites
The Metropolitan Police have prosecuted two teenaged hackers for computer misuse and fraud offences.
The accused are Zachary Woodham, 19, and Louis Tobenhouse, 18, from Brighton.
Woodham has been charged with hacking Web-hosting company Punkyhosting for weeks. He used the name "Colonel Root," and also sent emails about his actions.
The two are also allegedly involved in the underground Ghostmarket website. They have also been accused of hacking into casino sites and stealing credit card details to launder money.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit said that Woodham and Tobenhouse pleaded guilty to the online offences in December.
The police central e-crime unit detective constable Stuart Hosking said, "Woodham and Tobenhouse chose to abuse their computer skills causing a considerable amount of financial loss and anxiety to a number of innocent people."
"Woodham in particular has shown himself to be a vindictive hacker with no sign of remorse towards any of his victims," Hosking added.
"This case illustrates that internet crime is not victimless and that the Police Central e-Crime Unit will pursue perpetrators of such offences in support of victims, and to ensure they be held accountable for their actions."
In March this year, a Southwark Crown Court sentenced Nicholas Webber,19, for five years in custody after he admitted in the court in December to being the administrator of crime forum GhostMarket.net. Other young members who worked with him were also punished.