Former student sentenced for cyber attack on national research and education network

FE News reports that a computer hacker, who carried out a sustained attack on the UK’s national research and education network (NREN) that disrupted connected organisations for several hours, has avoided jail.

Former student Jack Chappell, 19, from Curtis Road, Stockport, was given a 16-month sentence suspended for two years. He began his attacks in December 2015 and launched further crimes in 2016.

The network is owned and run by Jisc, whose chief executive Paul Feldman said: “As soon as we were aware of the problem, we worked hard to assist police in exposing the perpetrator and bringing him to justice.”

Jisc is the UK’s expert member organisation for digital technology and digital resources in higher education, further education, skills and research.

“Cyber crime is an increasing problem (the Office for National Statistics reports that digital devices are involved in 47.4% of all UK crime) so we are very pleased to have been able to assist the police in their investigation of this case; it sends a strong message to other would-be attackers that such criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Chappell’s crimes, which also included assisting attacks on some of the world’s largest organisations, including Amazon, BBC, BT, Netflix, Virgin MediaVodafone and the National Crime Agency, were investigated by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and West Midlands Police.

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