National Lottery Hacker To Serve Prison Time

By Ben Hamill - January 20 2020
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National Lottery Hacker To Serve Prison Time

No crime is ultimately without a victim. And nobody should ever think that they’d end up just automatically getting away with it, even if the crime in question was committed online. So cautioned National Crime Agency (NCA) senior investigator Andrew Shorrock following the crime watchdog’s successful prosecution of a man found guilty of having made use of a hacking tool in order to access the usernames and passwords of registered UK National Lottery online users. According to Shorrock, Notting Hill resident Anwar Batson, 29, had made use of a common and reasonably easily accessible hacking tool by the name of Sentry MBA, in the attack on Lottery operator Camelot’s player accounts.

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After having been called to task following an investigation into various acts of online misconduct performed during July of 2018, Batson was eventually sentenced to 9 months behind bars this January 10th. Batson supposedly plead guilty to at least 4 charges under the Computer Misuse Act of 1990, as well as a separate charge of fraud.

Batson Had Help

But the recently sentenced Batson had not been acting alone at the time of his having bombarded Camelot’s web domain with hundreds of attempts to gain access to its users’ accounts. He had help in the way of Daniel Thompson of Newcastle, 27, and Idris Kayode Akinwunmi of Birmingham, who had at the time of the incident been only 20 years of age. Thompson and Akinwunmi were sentenced to 8 months and 4 months respectively following their having been found guilty of having co-conspired with Batson during the time of the offenses having been committed.

Akinwunmi had in fact managed to successfully steal £13 from a user’s account. He then proceeded to pay £5 of the ill-begotten funds to Batson’s own bank account. The conservative prison time imposed on the trio was in all likelihood ordered as such because of the fact that at the end of the day, they did not manage to thieve a large sum of money. Shorrock however specifically warned against performing “even the most basic form of cybercrime”, as any form of crime; however seemingly small; could ultimately have a “substantial impact on victims”.

Batson Tried To Get Away

Batson had initially denied his own involvement in the crimes but was later on arrested after all after police had discovered various conversations on his (Batson’s) own computer about the buying and selling of user files, usernames and password lists, etc. His computer had also supposedly contained specific information alluding to the stealing of the £13 from the mentioned user’s account.

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