Court Result

Bracknell man given suspended sentence for hacking Microsoft and Nintendo

A man from Berkshire has today (28/3) been given a suspended jail sentence, after illegally gaining access to networks belonging to Microsoft and Nintendo.

Zammis Clark, 24, of Agar Crescent, Bracknell, was jailed for 15 months, suspended for 18 months, after pleading guilty to five counts of computer hacking, including gaining access to unauthorised programs and data and uploading malicious software.

An investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) found that, between 24 January 2017 and 16 February 2017, Clark accessed and searched through files within private areas of the Microsoft network.

He proceeded to take a quantity of files which were later recovered by investigators from his home computer.

While being investigated for the initial offence by SEROCU detectives, Clark continued to commit further offences and, between 9 March 2018 and 31 May 2018, gained access to private areas of the Nintendo network.

No personal details of customers or financial information was accessed in either case.

Clark was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. In addition, a Serious Crime Prevention Order was granted, which will last for five years from today.

Although Clark didn’t access any personal customer information, he repeatedly demonstrated intent to gather private information in full knowledge that his actions were illegal.

This case again shows that no organisation is immune to hacking. Cyber security is not a victimless crime, and Clark was aware of the investigation into the initial incident with Microsoft but continued to commit further offences. We are therefore glad to secure a conviction for both cases.

Throughout the investigations we have worked closely with Microsoft and Nintendo and I’d would like to thank both companies for their continued support and cooperation throughout.

SEROCU has a dedicated cyber crime team which is committed to tackling offenders such as Clark, and we continue to work tirelessly to investigate data breaches and bring offenders before the courts.

Detective Sergeant Gary Hooks, from SEROCU’s dedicated cyber crime team