Not all celebrity hackers and stalkers get off so easy. Back in 2011, Selena Gomez had her Facebook and Twitter accounts broken into by a hacker. Such hacker took over her account and posted derogatory comments such as “Justin Bieber” sucks. This was not only illegal, but it was also disturbing, as Selena would never say anything like that about Justin. Selena was very upset and told authorities about the incident. Authorities immediately began to conduct thorough investigations to find out who the culprit was. Just recently, the hacker was caught and he did not get off lightly.
Gareth Crosskey is the name of the man who hacked Selena’s account. He was so impressed with himself that he posted a video on YouTube about his awesome hacking skills. The worst thing someone can do in a situation like that is draw attention to himself or herself. The FBI and Britain’s Metropolitan police tracked him down partly because of his own stupidity. Gareth finally admitted to the hacking and he was reprimanded earlier this month. He was sentenced to an entire year in prison. It does not pay to mess with celebrities, especially Selena Gomez.
Judge John Price gave Mr. Crosskey a long speech explaining about privacy and discussed how he stripped Selena of her privacy. She has Facebook and Twitter accounts with more than six million friends. She allows access to certain parts of her pages to her friends. Other parts she keeps private. This person violated her trust and her privacy by hacking her information. Apparently, Gareth had been privy to personal conversations between Selena and Justin Bieber. Gareth also bragged about additional conversations between her and Demi Lovato. The judge handed down a punishment that was equivalent to the level of embarrassment that Selena felt when this person accessed her personal information.