Man accused of trying to hack Facebook granted bail
Wednesday, August 17 2011, 17:22 BST
By Andrew Laughlin,
A 25-year-old British man accused of attempting to hack into social network Facebook has been released on bail, but barred from accessing the internet.
Glenn Mangham, from York, appeared before Westminster magistrates' court this morning charged with five counts under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 of attempting to "penetrate Facebook's security". He was arrested by the Met police at his home in York on June 2.
Between April 17 and May 9, Mangham stands accused of downloading a computer programme "to secure unauthorised access" to Facebook, along with attempting to hack into the site's "Mailman" server, reports The Guardian.
Other charges pertain to the alleged use of PHP script to secure access to a Facebook server and of sharing the PHP script with others, as well as gaining "repeated" access to another Facebook server.
Mangham's alleged hacking attempts are not believed to be linked to the computer hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous, who have carried out various recent attacks on high profile websites.
During the session today, Mangham was ordered not to access the internet as part of his bail conditions ahead of a committal hearing on September 28.
The judge presiding over the session warned Mangham's parents that their son is facing "serious allegations" and the bail conditions are in place to "minimise the risk of him going on the internet".
He added: "The court feels it will be safer if there was no access to the internet which will reduce the temptation for your son to go on to Facebook."
A spokeswoman for Facebook said: "While no user data was compromised [in the alleged hacking attempts], we have been working with Scotland Yard and the FBI as we take any attempt to hack our internal systems extremely seriously."
Also today, a teenager who posted a message on Facebook encouraging those engaged in the UK riots has been banned from using any social networking websites for a year.