26 year old Glenn Mangham took responsibility of hacking social networking site Facebook in between the months of April and May. Glenn accepted the truth when he was taken to the court, as he stood behind the judge at Southwark Crown Court.
When the attack took place, authorities in America were deeply concerned as they feared an industrial undercover work attack. The 26 year old student, who goes to Cornlands Rock, York, had demonstrated the search engine Yahoo as to how it can improve its level of security and also wanted to do the same for the social networking site. The explanation came by the 26 year old himself in front of the court.
According to Sandip Patel, the prosecutor, the actions of Glenn Mangham had increased worries between authorities in America including the Federal Beureau Investigation, FBI. The act of hacking done by Glenn was the most effective example of breaching the security of social networking platform which has come in a court in United Kingdom.
The 26 year old had downloaded his personal PC programs on the servers of the social networking website,Facebook, and saved extremely sensitive intellectual property on an external hard disk so that he could take out time and work on it later on and in offline mode. Patel said that the hacking attempt requires a lot of expertise. According to a statement made by the social networking website, the attack wasn’t inclusive of an attempt that compromised or accessed data of users.
The hacking attempt was noticed by the social networking website after it carried out a system check. Tom Ventham, the defense lawyer said that his client was rather an ethical hacking person who had considerable amount of moral stance and previously, search engine Yahoo had given him a reward for noticing the potential vulnerabilities in its system.