18-year-old sentenced for computing offences following investigation by SEROCU

April 20

An 18-year-old man has been sentenced today (20/4) for computing offences which took place in 2015, following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

On 6 October, Kane Gamble of Linford Crescent, Coalville, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to:

  • Eight counts of causing a computer to perform a function to secure unauthorized access to a program or data, contrary to Section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990. 
  • Two counts of unauthorised modification of computer material, contrary to Section 3(1) of the Computer Misuse Act 1990. 

Kane Gamble was charged on 5 July following an investigation into the hacking of US Government departments. During the investigation it was uncovered that Gamble had successfully gained access to various databases and email accounts of US officials and government employees.

Gamble used “social engineering” to gain access to the accounts. Social engineering involves the offender impersonating someone in order to gain access to the account. They would do this by gathering as much personal information about their target and then contacting the service provider for the service which they want to access. Information gained from their research will enable them to answer the required security questions and once they have access they will change the passwords to take control of the account.

Gamble was sentenced to two years imprisonment in a Young Offenders Institution.

Detective Inspector Nick Bell, from SEROCU’s Cyber Crime Unit, said: “This investigation has been carried out by our Cyber Crime Unit who have worked hard to ensure that the evidence against Kane Gamble was plain for all to see.

“We have worked with our partners nationally in the National Crime Agency as well as working closely internationally with the FBI and United States Secret Service, to ensure cyber criminals do not have any safe haven to operate and are brought to justice.

“The fight against cyber criminals continues and we will use all the resources at our disposable to continue to tackle the ongoing threat.”