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UK National Lottery hacker jailed for nine months

Jan 13, 2020, 10:22 am

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A cyber-criminal has been jailed for nine months for committing offenses against the United Kingdom National Lottery.

Following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, Anwar Batson, 29, of Notting Hill, London, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 10 January. He admitted four offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and one fraud charge.

The NCA was notified of the attack against National Lottery accounts in November 2016. The customer database affected contained around nine million records.

Daniel Thompson, 27, of Newcastle, and Idris Kayode Akinwunmi, 21, of Birmingham, were jailed for eight months and four months respectively for the attack in July 2018, having used an online application to bombard victims' web domains with thousands of attempts to log in to customer accounts.

The NCA stated that Batson was responsible for using a widely available hacking tool — Sentry MBA — to create a file that launched the attack, telling others they could make quick cash by using the tool against Camelot (which runs the National Lottery) and also giving the username and password of one lottery player to Akinwunmi, who stole £13 from his account before sending Batson £5.

Batson was arrested in May 2017 and, whilst he first denied any involvement in the crime, police officers discovered conversations between him and others about hacking, buying and selling of username and password lists, configuration files and personal details. His computer also contained a conversation with Akinwunmi about stealing the £13, the NCA added.

NCA senior investigating officer Andrew Shorrock said, "Even the most basic forms of cybercrime can have a substantial impact on victims.

"No one should think cybercrime is victimless or that they can get away with it. The NCA will pursue and identify offenders and any conviction can be devastating to their futures."

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6 comments. Last comment 1 year ago by JemFan777.
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United States
Member #163184
January 22, 2015
2403 Posts

Well he should have taken the Tipton route and got some big bucks....ROFL

    Chasing $ Millions.
    White Shores- California
    United States
    Member #136473
    December 12, 2012
    6495 Posts

    Once released- send Thompson back to Scotland, Akin back to Nigeria & Anwar back to Nepal.Problem solved!

     * Voice of Reason *   


    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

      TheMeatman2005's avatar - lightening
      Brooklyn, NY
      United States
      Member #169719
      October 29, 2015
      1512 Posts

      Go directly to jail! Do not pass GO! Do not collect $200!

      Nine months for steeling £18 that's fair!

      The Meatman 🥩🍗🍔🍖🍤🌭

      “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

      Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

        lottery lady's avatar - nicebear
        United States
        Member #1718
        June 21, 2003
        6184 Posts

        They need to bring back the

         live drawing. Get rid of

        computerized drawings. 

          music*'s avatar - DiscoBallGlowing
          USN United States Navy
          Fresno, California
          United States
          Member #157851
          August 2, 2014
          3959 Posts

          Well he should have taken the Tipton route and got some big bucks....ROFL

          Bleudog101,  I am not ROFL, "Rolling on the floor laughing". If these criminals had not been captured than they would have committed more crimes.

           The same goes with Tipton. His crimes would have attracted more criminals if he had not been caught.

           The former CEO of the Iowa Lottery, Terry Rich said, "If Iowa had been an anonymous State than Tipton would have committed more crimes."

           "We are all in this together!" 

            JemFan777's avatar - s288 mo-c-c0xffffffff-rj-k-no
            Bronx, NY
            United States
            Member #196092
            February 20, 2019
            22 Posts

            5 pounds?  I guess crime really doesn't pay!  LOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOL