Photo: Selena Gomez's Hacker Gareth Crosskey Sentenced to 12 Months in Jail
The man who hacked Selena Gomez’s Facebook account has been sentenced to 12 months in jail.
On May 16, 21-year-old Gareth Crosskey of Great Britain was sentence to a year in jail after he pled guilty to crimes under Britain’s Computer Misuse Act.
Along with hacking Gomez’s Facebook account, Crosskey reportedly read personal messages to and from her boyfriend Justin Bieber. Crosskey also posted the words “Oh yeh, Justin Bieber Sucks” on her Facebook page, which also posted to her Twitter account and resulted in a number of angry Bieber fans who were unaware of their relationship, so did not know Gomez would not say that of her boyfriend.
Crosskey is also said to have contacted OK! and Hollywood Life magazines, claiming to have information about the actress-singer. At the time of the hack, January 2011, Gomez had yet to publicly acknowledge her relationship with Bieber.
Pointing out his immaturity, Crosskey even posted a video on YouTube in which he boasted about hacking Gomez’s account and demonstrated how he did.
Judge John Price at Southwark Crown Court told Crosskey, 19 at the time of the hack, “People deserve privacy and should not their private correspondence by email made public.
“People are entitled to privacy, even those who seek publicity.”
After three day, the former Disney kid’s team was able to regain control of the hacked Facebook page and Crosskey was tracked down by his IP address and the WiFi network at the McDonald’s in West Sussex where he was employed.