Aviva ‘revenge’ phone hacker jailed for 18 months

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A man has been jailed for 18 months for hacking into 900 phones belonging to the insurance company Aviva. Richard Neale, 40, pleaded guilty to carrying out the attack as revenge after falling out with colleagues. He was previously a director at Esselar, a company contracted by Aviva to run its security network. Prosecutors said data had been wiped on hundreds of devices. Esselar missed out on £500,000 of future business deals as a result. Neale admitted to hacking into the Aviva system in May 2014, on the night that Esselar was giving a security demonstration. Prosecutors said that this had led Aviva to end its relationship with Esselar, meaning that the latter had missed out on an £80,000-per-year contract. Neale had also created a fake identity within his former company’s system and used it to reject expenses claims from his erstwhile colleagues, the court heard. In a separate offence, he hacked into Esselar’s Twitter account and replaced its logo with a bleeding heart – a calling card meant to make it clear that its security had been compromised. ‘Damaged confidence’ At a sentencing hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Monday, judge Neil Stewart said that Neale’s actions had “damaged […]

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