Scot pleads guilty to hacking and spying spree

A Scottish man has pleaded guilty to writing viruses during an online hacking spree he carried out with conspirators in Finland.

Scot pleads guilty to hacking and spying spree

In an international investigation involving the Met’s Police Central e-Crime Unit, officers found that Matthew Anderson, a 33-year-old from Aberdeenshire, had managed the operation by composing the emails and distributing them with virus attachments that gave back-door access to computers.

According to officials, the gang – which called themselves m00p – primarily targeted hundreds of UK businesses between 2005 and 2006, and had infected tens of thousands of computers globally.

“This organised online criminal network infected huge numbers of computers around the world, especially targeting UK businesses and individuals,” said detective constable Bob Burls, from the Police Central e-Crime Unit. “Matthew Anderson methodically exploited computer users not only for his own financial gain but also violating their privacy.”

According to the Met, Anderson was also able to use the control he had over his victims’ computers to activate their webcams, effectively spying on them in their homes.

Anderson pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to causing unauthorised modification to the content of computers, contrary to section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

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