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Facebook Poker Thief Faces Jail

22/3/2011
Ashley Mitchell, an experienced computer hacker and Facebook poker fan, was sentenced recently to 2 years in prison for stealing billions of virtual Facebook chips. The 29 year old admitted to hacking in the Zynga Poker site and unlawfully taking $12 million worth of gambling chips. While the chips have no actual value of their own, players at Zynga poker are able to buy bundles of chips for a set amount of money.

During the trial Exeter Crown Court’s judge, Philip Wassall, noted how Mitchell knowingly “exploited” a security flaw in the site’s servers and added: “People rely on computer systems. Anyone who has managed to get into these systems for their own ends should expect a stiff sentence.”

Mitchell will spend an extra 30 weeks in prison for breaching an earlier suspended sentence which was incurred when he was caught hacking into the computer system of his previous employers Torbay Council.

Mitchell has admitted to harbouring a gambling addiction and said the money raised from selling the poker chips was being used to fund his £1000 a day online casino habit.
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