Posted on 21st August 2017
A computer hacker who accessed the Sports Direct website has been sentenced at court.
The court heard that Jason Polyik hoped his actions would result in the firm employing him.
The 27-year-old admitted three counts of causing a computer to perform a function with the intent to secure unauthorised access.
He appeared at Derby Crown Court on Thursday, August 17 and was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for a year.
His actions forced the Sports Direct website to shut down for half an hour. He also targeted a second firm, in which he got into their system.
The crimes happened between July and September last year. Polyik, of Central Drive, Shirebook, left his contact details with both firms in the hope that they may employ him but instead, they contacted police.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Steve Roberts, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s dedicated Cyber Crime Unit, said: “Stealing data across cyber space is as significant as physically taking a hard copy paper file from a locked cabinet.
“It is a form of theft and a serious intrusion. Recent high profile breaches reflect the damage such activity can do on a national scale, not forgetting the very real threat it poses to people’s privacy and the security of information.
“Online crime has no borders and evolves with the speed of technology. It requires specialist skills to tackle this type of offending and also depends on a collective effort from the police, industry and the public to protect against it.
“We are growing our response to cybercrime across the East Midlands and we work closely with the business community to help them better protect against this increasing crime type.
“I would like to acknowledge the affected companies in this case for reporting the breaches as soon as they were discovered.
“Their swift actions meant vital evidence was secured to bring the offender before the court and relevant protections were made within their systems to mitigate against further compromises.”
If you think your home or business network has been illegally accessed, or to report online crime, contact www.actionfraud.police.uk in the first instance.
For further advice on online safety visit www.getsafeonline.org