A 26-year-old British hacker who broke in to Facebook's internal networks has been sentenced to eight months behind bars.
Glenn Mangham, who had admitted breaking into Facebook's systems between April and May 2011, had claimed he was an "ethical hacker", attempting to show the company how it could improve its security.
According to widespread reports Judge Alistair McCreath rejected that explanation, and told Mangham that his actions could have been “utterly disastrous” for Facebook.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, Facebook spent $200,000 dealing with the aftermath of Mangham's attack.
Facebook said in a statement that it applauded the work of the CPS and the Metropolitan Police in dealing with the case.
“We take any attempt to gain unauthorised access to our network very seriously, and we work closely with law enforcement authorities to ensure that offenders are brought to justice," it added.
Facebook was also at pains to stress that none of its users' personal data were compromised as a result of the attack.
The sentence looks harsh in comparison to others handed down by British judges.
In May 2011, two members of the an online crime forum, known as GhostMarket, were given hundreds of hours community service, but spared jail having been responsible for hacks that stole thousands of credit card details.
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