Revenge ‘insider’ Aviva phone hacker jailed

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Richard Neale, former director at Esselar, a company contracted by Aviva to run its security network, has been jailed for 18 months for hacking 900 phones belonging to Aviva insurance employees.  In Guildford Crown Court on Monday he admitted committing four cyber-crimes against his former company under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, described by the prosecution as acts of revenge against the company he helped set up. When Esselar was due to present a security demonstration to its client Aviva, Neale hacked into 900 mobiles belonging to the insurance company via Esselar’s security software then wiped their data. Prosecutors said this caused Esselar to miss out on an £80,000-per-year contract, with contracts and future business deals lost valued at £528,000. The company submitted a damages claim for £70,000 and described the future losses as ‘incalculable’, issuing a statement saying: “Our brand was damaged to the point we felt we needed to rebrand.” The company did rebranded itself as Mobliciti. Neale admitted to hacking into the Aviva system in May 2014. He had created a fake identity in his former company’s system and then used it to reject expenses claims from his former colleagues. Separately he hacked into Esselar’s Twitter account and […]

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