Man Jailed for Impersonating Students to Hack Emails

A Bulgarian man who pretended to be a student sentenced yesterday for trespassing on a university campus and installing key logging malware, in order to steal email passwords.

Daniel Woo was arrested back in November 2006 when he was caught in the act of installing the password capturing software by IT staff at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

He was able to gain access to hundreds of private emails which contained financial details, and the Metropolitan Police e-Crime unit established that fraud had been carried out on a number of compromised payment accounts.

Woo, 23 years old, was sentenced to 36 weeks in prison, and was suspended for two years. He has also been ordered to do 200 hours community service, and pay £21,000 in damages costs and compensation. He is now banned from stepping on any place of higher education premises for a year unless he obtains the consent of the police first.

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