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Two hackers jailed over Lotto website cyber attack

By Richard Vernalls

Two "toxic" hackers who took part in a huge cyber attack on the National Lottery website - with one stealing just £13 - have been jailed.

A judge told Daniel Thompson and Idris Akinwunmi that they were part of a "self-aggrandising" hacking culture which had undermined public trust in online security.

Thompson (28) had previously admitted three cyber crime offences relating to the attack on National-Lottery.co.uk in November 2016.

Akinwunmi (21), an Aston University student, admitted a hacking offence and fraudulently transferring £13 cash to his account.

Jailing both men immediately at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge Kristina Montgomery QC said they were two of "thousands involved in the cyber attack", effectively taking advantage of a large-scale hack.

There were "tens of thousands" of log-in attempts after a hacking programme called Sentry MBA was used to retrieve correct username and password combinations, and then sold on.

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