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Fake Student E-Mail Hacker Fined

A London-based Bulgarian national who posed as a student to hack into the e-mail accounts of hundreds of ‘fellow students’ has been handed a 36 week suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £20,000 in compensation.

Daniel Woo, 23, had been caught installing password-capturing software onto computers at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies by IT staff investigating anomalies on the network.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service's Police Central e-Crime Unit later discovered that Woo had pretended to be a student to use the campus computer room, from where he installed the ‘Cain and Abel’ software to break a number of students’ passwords and gain access to their accounts.

He was later found to have used the same scam at the University of Coventry. Woo has also been ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and given a two year supervision order after pleading guilty to offences under the Misuse of Computers Act at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.

As part of his supervision order, Woo has been banned from entering any college, university or other place of higher education without permission from the police for one year. Read the full statement from the Metropolitan Police here.