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UK man receives one year sentence for hacking Facebook account

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A 21-year-old man from the UK has been sentenced to 12 months imprison after hacking a Facebook account.

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A UK man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for hacking a Facebook account. 21-year-old Gareth Crosskey reportedly committed the act last January, though details on his actions aren't exactly clear — the London Metropolitan Police Service's Police Central e-Crime Unit says simply that he "gained unauthorized access to the Facebook account of an individual, including the private email facility." The victim was apparently based in the US, and the matter was eventually brought to the FBI, which determined that the source of the access was coming from the UK.

Crosskey was ultimately arrested by the e-Crime unit last July, and computers and storage devices in his possession were confiscated for analysis. He was released on bail, but this week was finally sentenced to 12 months in prison for breaching two sections of the Computer Misuse Act 1990. He began serving his sentence on Wednesday. "Today's result should act as a deterrent to any individuals thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.