Fri Mar 26, 2010 20:27
Britney Spears' Twitter hacker has been caught.
The jobless Frenchman admitted to hacking into the Twitter accounts of the rich and famous, including Britney and Lily Allen.
The 24-year-old, who has not been named but whose username is "Hacker Croll" was arrested earlier this week in Clermont-Ferrand.
He was questioned by French police, with FBI agents listening in, before being released on bail to face trial in June.
If convicted he faces up to two years in prison and a Â£30,000 fine.
Prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat said: "He says it's the challenge, the game, that made him do it."
He said initial investigations suggested Hacker Croll did not seek to profit from his Twitter activities or tweet in other peoples' names.
Mr Coquillat said he confessed to the hacking under questioning, and analysis of his computer backed up his statements.
The suspect, who lives with his parents has no college degree, and did not have any special computer training, the prosecutor said.
Using the administrator logins, Hacker Croll looked at Twitter details of Barack Obama, Lily, Britney and other personalities and was able to see information such as IP addresses, when they were last connected and when they signed up.
see lol its easy when you know how and oooooh rthe poor rich and famous haha with the crap they put on twitter