Sentence Too Light For Online Gambling Data Thief

Published Saturday, November 12, 2011 -

Most of the general public thinks that when we go on the internet and give personal information to the organization we are logged into it is considered secure for the most art. Every once in awhile there are breaches in the firewalls and the consumer is subject to a dissemination of their personal information. Such events cause great upset for the companies that have been hacked and those firms usually take steps to mitigate the damage.
When the perpetrators are apprehended and charged the sentences if they are found guilty are for the most part severe enough to deter the activity by others.

A recent story surfaced about personal information that was stolen from players and sold and the cry for a more severe sentence came out load and clear.  The UK’s Data Protection Act was contravened three times by Marc Ben-Ezra who appeared in Hendon Magistrates Court in London where he was found guilty. He was handed a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay FoxyBingo’s data controller Cashcade Limited £1,700 plus £830 in legal and court costs. The Information Commissioner’s Office estimated that Ben-Ezra profited approximately £25k from his dealings.
Christopher Graham of the Information Commissioner’s Office said the sentence proved only that “we still don’t have a punishment that fits the crime.”

Ben-Ezra says he bought the data from a third party while working in Israel. Ben Ezra says the  practice of data theft was widespread in Israel. Cashcade Limited maintains that customer accounts were not compromised by the thief. Ben-Ezra used the name Matthew Edwards to solicit buyers for his ill gotten data. He sent emails to contacts in the UK. including a sample data set of some 400 FoxyBingo players.
Cashcade found out about the scam and set up a sting that captured Ben-Ezra after he sent the operators a 65,000-player information package for £1,700. According to Cashcade there was no banking information included in any of the data Ben-Ezra sold.

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