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Friday 28 November 2014

UK hacker targets Selena Gomez

A British man has been jailed for hacking Selena Gomez's Facebook page
A British man has been jailed for hacking Selena Gomez's Facebook page

A young man has been jailed for a year for hacking into a Facebook account belonging to Selena Gomez.

Gareth Crosskey targeted the account of singer and actress Selena - who is the girlfriend of pop idol Justin Bieber - prompting the breach to be reported to the FBI.

The 21-year-old, from Avon Close in Lancing, West Sussex, admitted computer misuse offences and was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, police said.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit launched an investigation after he hacked into the account on January 12 last year, also gaining access to the Selena's private email.

The Met got involved after the FBI traced the culprit to the UK and Crosskey was arrested at his home on July 14 last year.

Computers and other storage devices were recovered from his address.

His victim wasn't identified at the time, but The Sun newspaper named her as Selena.

The tabloid said Crosskey posted the words "Justin Bieber sucks" to her Facebook page, prompting a torrent of abuse from the Canadian singer's fans. It also said Crosskey claimed to have intercepted messages between the pair.

Britain's Judicial Official has confirmed that The Sun's story was accurate.

Selena's US-based representatives did not immediately return emails.

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