Online poker chip thief from Devon jailed
A British online poker player who hacked into gaming websites and managed to steal several million dollars worth of online poker chips has been sentenced to jail.
Ashley Mitchell siphoned off 400bn electronic credits from a US company running gaming “apps” played through Facebook, Exeter Crown Court heard.
He stole chips worth about $12m (£7.4m) and sold a third of them for £53,000.
Mitchell, 29, was sentenced to two years after admitting five charges of hacking and theft.
Mitchell had tried to sell the stolen chips via a number of false Facebook accounts
Mitchell apparently had been suffering with a gambling addiction at the time of the offences in 2009. He was at times spending £1,000 a day on gambling websites.
Sentencing, Judge Philip Wassall said that Mitchell had deliberately “exploited” security weaknesses he had found in Zynga’s website.
The judge said, ”anyone who has managed to get into these systems for their own ends should expect a stiff sentence.”
“People rely on computer systems,” he said.
“Anyone who has managed to get into these systems for their own ends should expect a stiff sentence.”