What happens when a jailed cyber criminal is allowed to take IT classes in prison?
Nicholas Webber, was serving five years in prison for starting and running an illegal cyber crime forum, only known as Ghost Market. This site was a conjugation of hackers, carders, crackers, and other cyber criminals to talk, discuss, and share illegal data such as viruses, stolen IDs and credit cards, and was also caught trying to use a stolen credit card to pay for a penthouse at the Hilton Hotel in London.
Webber had racked up quite a large bill in his credit card schemes, iPods, iPhones, video games, computers, laptops, you name it. All at other people’s expense.
Webber had started to take IT classes in jail, where he hacked and gained access to the jail’s computer infrastructure which contained sensitive information such as staff and criminal information.
His IT teacher Michael Fox has been dismissed after this incident, afterwards, Fox has brought up an unfair dismissal claim. He claims it wasn’t his fault Webber ended up in his class and didn’t know he was a hacker.
Fox was cleared of all charges, but the prison has decided that after all, they really do have no use for him. And a note went against his security clearance warning other London prisons not to admit him.
Business development director Shanie Jamieson said at Fox’s disciplinary hearing he had criticized the prison for unfair treatment. She wrote that he did not feel he did anything wrong, because it wasn’t his responsibility to admit prisoners and had no knowledge of Webber’s security expertise.
According to a prison service spokesman, the prison’s network was closed and impossible to access from outside. But I seems all that changed after Webber hit the scene.