North West Regional Organised Crime Unit

Cyber crime sentence welcomed

Wed 12th, Jul

Detectives from the Titan North West Regional Cyber Crime Unit have today (Wednesday, 12 July 2017) welcomed the sentencing of Craig Fox for cybercrime offences.

Craig Fox, 30 years, from Bury in Manchester was today sentenced to 9 months imprisonment suspended for two years at Bolton Crown Court. On Monday he pleaded guilty to four offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, following a detailed investigation into the development and sale of online tools believed to be for the commission of cybercrime offences.

He was convicted of three counts of making / supplying articles for computer misuse, and one count of unauthorised access to computer material. The Court ordered him to undertake 200 hours unpaid work, to pay £3500 court costs and also issued a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) for five years. The SCPO places certain restrictions on Craig FOX from purchasing or registering web domains and servers outside of the UK and places a notification requirement on him to notify the police of any online identities / usernames.

Detective Superintendent Sally Johnson from TITAN said:

"This was a complex long running investigation into the sale of online tools by Craig Fox using a website ‘Dreamwalker Software’. The tools offered for sale allowed others to engage in hacking with little or no computing experience. Detectives gathered evidence against Craig Fox and were able to prove that he was also responsible for defacing a website.

“The arrest, conviction and sentence of Craig Fox demonstrates that online hacking is not anonymous. UK Law Enforcement and international partners are increasingly effective at identifying and pursuing those involved in cybercrime throughout the world. Hacking websites is not a victimless crime and it causes real emotional and financial harm to individuals and businesses.

"The sentencing of Craig FOX and the Serious Crime Prevention Order is a significant step forward in the ongoing fight against cyber-crime which really does affect us all."