Caught hacking while in prison
Monday 4th March 2013, 5:00PM GMT.
AN ISLANDER convicted of masterminding a £12m. bank fraud through an internet web crime forum has been caught hacking into a prison computer from inside jail.
Nicholas Webber, pictured, was sentenced to five years in 2011, but the 21-year-old has hit national headlines again, after he accessed the computer system during an IT class in the HMP Isis prison in South London.
It is understood that Webber blamed his IT teacher, who has now been made redundant.
Webber, son of former States member Tony Webber, was educated in Guernsey before moving to Hampshire as a teenager.
He was convicted in 2011 after it was discovered that he was responsible for running GhostMarket.net, which specialised in online fraud including bank account hacking, viruses, using stolen credit cards on eBay, wire cash and call phone sex lines, between 2009 and 2010.
Tony Webber said that the original report in the Mail on Sunday was misleading in that it gave the impression that his son was still in prison, although he was released on February 11th, and that the alleged offence was recent, whereas it occurred two years ago, shortly after he was jailed.
He added that Nicholas was ‘most anxious to turn his life around and to use his computer abilities in a positive and beneficial way to society’.
He said he has been seeing his son regularly and they are working on a rehabilitation programme.
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