Man gets three years in prison for stealing data via script in self-built webshops




District Court of the Northern Netherlands has sentenced a 37-year-old man to four years in prison, one of which is conditional. The man was found guilty of building web shops with which he stole log-in details from visitors via his own script.

According to the court, the actions of the man came down to ‘large-scale cybercrime’, writes the Leeuwarder Courant . The unconditional punishment has been imposed because he has made many victims with his actions. The majority of the victims are compensated for the damage suffered, although there is no compensation for the non-material damage claimed by some victims. The man has been convicted for, among other things, fraud, computer intrusion and money laundering.

The police picked it up in 2016 after a web shop filed a declaration two years earlier. It turned out that the man had made victims across the country. He used the captured data to make purchases in the name of the victims. Moreover, he used the social media accounts of people to approach their friends and acquaintances and to ask for money. He identified himself on gambling sites with captured identity data.

According to the newspaper, he did this to feed his addictions. In the meantime he would no longer be addicted and work as an ICT specialist.


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