Jailed cyber criminal takes over prison computers

A convicted cyber criminal incarcerated at a Nottinghamshire prison took control of the prison’s IT systems while undertaking a programming job he had been given by authorities, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

Douglas Havard, who is serving six years at Ranby Prison for credit card fraud, changed the passwords for the prison systems so that no one but him could access them. He was working unsupervised on an internal TV system at the time.

According to the newspaper, an inmate at the same prison recently managed to fashion a key that opened all of its doors.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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