Glenn Mangham of York has admitted hacking into Facebook between April and May this year
A software development student of York Glenn Mangham has admitted hacking into Facebook between April and May this year.
Denying any malicious intent, his argument was that he only wanted to show Facebook how to improve its security.
The 26-year- old, who reportedly has a "high moral stance," said he had done the same for Yahoo, who "rewarded" him for pointing out its vulnerabilities.
These actions of Mangham had raised fears among American authorities, including the FBI, over an industrial espionage attack, said Prosecutor Sandip Patel at Southwark Crown Court. Patel added that he had hacked into the site with "considerable expertise."
Patel told the court that Mangham’s actions were the "most effective and egregious example of hacking into social media that has come before a British court."
Mangham had downloaded his own programs onto Facebook’s servers and saved "highly sensitive intellectual data property" onto his hard drive for offline use. Facebook discovered the security breach during a check of the systems, even though Mangham deleted his electronic footprint to cover his tracks, according to Patel.
Mangham was arrested after he made a "copious" admission to police about what he had done, according to BBC.