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Hackers steal personal details of police and public

Sussex Police is investigating security breaches of its external website.

Three breaches 'have been identified within a contained area of the website and could possibly be linked'.

A full investigation is underway to identify the source of the breaches and their impact.

Those responsible have obtained email addresses of a number of officers and personal email addresses of some members of the public who have used the services of our website.

Communications staff have contacted around 270 people who may have been affected, in particular to give them security advice in relation to their passwords for our community messaging service.

Our website is entirely separate to those systems used to investigate crime. The activity has not impacted on any other force IT, web or telephony systems and operational response is unaffected. There has been no impact on our service to the public. Measures are being put in place to ensure that the security of the website is not compromised further.

Work is being carried out to ensure that all our IT systems remain resilient and secure and an investigation is underway to find those responsible.

– Amaraghosha Carter, Joint Head of IT for Surrey and Sussex

Man jailed for attempting to hack police and university websites

Lewys Stephen Martin Credit: Kent Police

A man from Kent has been jailed for two years after attempting to hack corporate websites, including those of Kent Police, Cambridge University and Oxford University.

Lewys Stephen Martin, 21, previously of Dover Road, Walmer, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court today.

He was charged in November following a series of attempts to compromise websites. He pleaded guilty on April 12 to nine charges:

Five counts of unauthorised acts with intent to impair operation of or hinder access to a computer, two of unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences, one of unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences and one of unauthorised access to computer material.

The court heard that between January 29 and February 1, 2012, Martin attempted to cause disruption to both the Cambridge and Oxford Universities’ websites, by overwhelming them with requests for information. Martin had also tried to disrupt Oxford University’s website in March 2011.

There was no compromise or access to the websites but they were temporarily disrupted. On February 1 and 2, 2012, the Kent Police website suffered a sustained attack by Martin and was temporarily disrupted.

Det Const Nicky Holland-Day said: "Cyber attacks are a nuisance and cause aggravation as well as costs to countless private and public organisations up and down the country.

"Most websites have systems in place to prevent them being compromised, and none of those attacked in these instances suffered any more than a temporary disruption. However, those who try to carry out these attacks will be traced and brought before the courts."


Surrey Police officers investigated in hacking inquiry

Milly Dowler who was murdered by Levi Bellfield in 2002 Credit: PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the conduct of two senior Surrey Police officers in relation to the hacking of murder victim Milly Dowler's mobile phone.

It's claimed News of the World journalists tampered with the 13-year-old's voicemail messages during a police inquiry into her disappearance. She was found murdered months later in woods at Yateley Heath in Hampshire.