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Man jailed after refusing to cough up computer passwords to cops

Man jailed after refusing to cough up computer passwords to cops
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Who says hackers don't have strong passwords? This hacker's password is so strong, the police can't even crack the code.

British University student Christopher Wilson is suspected of “trolling the Newcastle police department” and effectively taking down the Northumbria Police Department's website.

Apparently, Wilson was caught after he phoned the police station to warn of a cyberattack using a device that changed his voice. Wilson was already on the department's radar - they linked him to a very similar case back in 2012.

When questioned by police, Wilson gave up 50 strong passwords, however none of them worked and since the computer and hard drive were all encrypted, the police can't get to any of the data they need. This led to a six month jail sentence, all in the name of national security.

Judge Simon Hickey told him: “What you were doing was for your own satisfaction, showing what you could do with your undoubted skill with computers. But this is a serious offence and I can’t avoid an immediate custodial sentence.”

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