Skip to main content

First NZ auction fraudster loses appeal

A New Zealand teen auction site hacker, who was jailed for gaining unauthorised access to other people's auction accounts and their bank details, has lost an appeal against his sentence of 35 months.

According to the NZ newswires, Mark Hayes was the first person to challenge a sentence imposed under new laws that created a range of computer-based offences.

Hayes, of Auckland, New Zealand, is reported to have been just 17 when he began accessing accounts through the Trade Me online auction portal.

The NZ Court of Appeal has said that Hayes used other people's details to buy a range of computer equipment and clothing, then hacked into eight of their Internet bank accounts to pay for around 40 items at a cost of NZ$17,456.

Incredibly, it turns out that, after being initially charged with 80 offences, Hayes is said to have started on a second hacking spree, accessing further bank account details to divert $20,400 using a key-stroke logger virus which he had inserted.

Ah, what a multi-talented teenager -Ed.

As if all this wasn't enough, Hayes was then charged with using other peep's account details to sign up to online DVD and games rental services.

Not unexpectedly, all this behaviour went down like a lead balloon with the judge in the case, who branded Hayes as "archetypal computer criminal" with a "complete lack of understanding of the consequences" of his offences.

Hardly surprising his appeal failed then...