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Sports Direct computer hacker escapes jail term

Jason Polyik's actions forced the Sports Direct website to shut down for half an hour Credit: PA

A computer hacker who gained access to the Sports Direct website, causing it to shut down for half an hour, has escaped a jail term.

Jason Polyik from Shirebrook in Derbyshire also hacked the website of a second firm between July and September last year.

In both cases, Polyik left his contact details on the website in the hope that the companies would get in touch to offer him a job, but instead, they called the police.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court on Thursday (August 17) and was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for a year.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Inspector Steve Roberts, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s dedicated Cyber Crime Unit, said:

Online crime has no borders and evolves with the speed of technology. It requires specialist skills to tackle this type of offending and also depends on a collective effort from the police, industry and the public to protect against it.

We are growing our response to cybercrime across the East Midlands and we work closely with the business community to help them better protect against this increasing crime type.

– Detective Inspector Steve Roberts