Cyber criminals jailed for National Lottery intrusion in wake of NCA investigation

Two cyber criminals have been sentenced for committing offences against the National Lottery after a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation. Daniel Thompson, 27, and Idris Kayode Akinwunmi, 21, were jailed for eight months and four months respectively at Birmingham Crown Court in relation to the 2016 attack.

The men used an online application to bombard the victim’s web domain with thousands of attempts to log-in to customer accounts.

Thompson, of Millfield Avenue, Newcastle, admitted unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences and two counts of obtaining an article for the commission of a computer misuse offence.

Akinwunmi, of Kingston Road in Birmingham, admitted unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences and fraud by false representation.

Between 16 and 28 November 2016, Camelot identified thousands of unique IP addresses attempting to access National Lottery customer accounts and notified the NCA. Investigators established that the IP addresses were linked to Thompson and Akinwunmi who used the online application process to force their way into Camelot’s web domain. Akinwunmi was identified as accessing one customer’s account and removing £13.

Forensic examination procedure

Thompson was arrested on 30 Nov 2016. Forensic examination of his Lenovo laptop showed that he had the ‘brute forcer’ application and evidence of hacking. He admitted downloading files and said he was unaware that he was responsible for tens of thousands of log-in attempts.

In an interview, he said he did it because he likes “to see how things work”.

Akinwunmi was arrested on 21 December 2016. He told officers: “I was just being silly and naïve really… It was just a naïve act to make a little bit of cash.”

NCA senior investigating officer Lauren Morgan said: “No-one should think that cyber crime is victimless or that they can get away with it. Even the most basic forms of cyber crime can have substantial impacts on victims. The NCA will pursue and identify offenders. Any conviction can be devastating to their futures.”

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