Two computer thieves have each been jailed for six years for a series of thefts that netted an estimated £3m of Sun Microsystems equipment. The pair were responsible for a high-profile raid on Deutsche Bank last November.
State-of-the-art Sun server boards were taken from financial institutions and Islington-based internet service provider (ISP) Net Benefit last year in a hi-tech crime wave resulting in as many as 10 attacks a month in the City.
Tony Manigan, 29, and John Sheehan, 21, admitted two separate raids on Deutsche Bank, and break-ins at Chase Manhattan and ISP Net Benefit last autumn.
The six-year sentences handed down at Southwark Crown Court last month sparked a scuffle in the dock and were later described as "stiff" by law enforcement authorities and "far in excess of previous cases" by solicitor Helen Leadbetter, of Saunders & Co, who represented Manigan.
Leadbetter told vnunet.com that she felt the sentence had been severe because the goods stolen were of a higher value than those typically taken in burglaries.
Manigan and Sheehan admitted to being part of a London-based team that stole an estimated £3m of Sun equipment to order. The pair posed as employees, with the help of swipe cards provided by insiders, but were later identified from closed circuit television tapes. An investigation into those believed to be the other team members is still ongoing.
Neal Williams, general manager at physical defence expert Safemark said that companies should adopt a multi-layered approach to the physical security of their high-end equipment.
"I'm surprised they were identified by the tapes, as the video is usually the first thing a competent thief takes. However, firms need to realise that access prevention is not enough," he said.
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