Teenage hacker Junaid Hussain, a.k.a. “TriCk,” has been sentenced to six months in a juvenile detention facility for publishing Tony Blair’s e-mail address online and making pranks calls to the UK counter-terrorism hotline.
“Hussain, 18, from Birmingham, admitted making the nuisance calls and publishing former prime minister Tony Blair’s address book in June last year, a court official at London’s Southwark Crown Court said,” The Birmingham Mail reports. “He was given a three-month sentence for each offence, with the jail terms to run consecutively. The teenager was a member of TeaMpOisoN (TeamPoison), a group which has claimed responsibility for more than 1,400 offences where personal and private information has been illegally extracted from victims in the UK and around the world.”
“Junaid Hussain accessed the email account of Blair’s former special adviser Katie Kay’s email account and copied her contacts,” writes International Business Times’ Gianluca Mezzofiore. “He dumped phone numbers and addresses, as well as the ex-premier’s email address and National Insurance number. Other data related to Blair’s wife Cherie, sister-in-law Lyndsey Booth, his children and friends as well as sitting MPs and Lords. Hussain, along with other members of Team Poison, also bombarded the police’s anti-terror hotline with prank calls and later posted recorded conversations between staff on the line on YouTube, featuring two people discussing an alleged hack by 700 hoax calls.”
“Defence barrister Ben Cooper told the court that Hussain had grown up a lot since his arrest and prosecution, was successfully working full time over the summer and had finished his A levels and received offers to study at university,” writes The Register’s Brid-Aine Parnell. “He repeated a number of times that Hussain was very frightened of being locked up and asked the court to consider a suspended sentence. But the judge wasn’t moved by the arguments. He pointed out that the offences started when Hussain was young, but they continued right up until he was caught.”