A convicted hacker, once known as “the acid house king” has been sentenced to another 20 months in prison for creating a new fraud-related never been seen home-made device.
Tony Muldowney-Colston, also known as Tony Colston-Hayter, of Brighton, pleaded guilty to nine counts of possession of a device that can be used in fraud and two counts of making or supplying a device that can be used in fraud.
Metropolitan Police officers had launched an investigation into his activities in January, before obtaining a search warrant for an address linked to the fraudster in June.
“The scam carried out by Muldowney–Colston affected hundreds of people across the UK, and had the potential to affect many more. He is an audacious criminal who only recently was released from prison for carrying out very similar offenses,” said detective inspector Philip McInerney, from the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU).
“He shows no concern for the welfare of any individual or organization and has made it clear he will use a range of methods to achieve significant financial gain for himself. I am very grateful to our partners in the banking industry who have worked closely with us on this and a number of investigations.”
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While conducting the search on the property they found a hard drive containing passport and identity card data, 32 credit cards, and a spreadsheet containing names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers linked to a private members’ club in central London.
Surprising was the fact that police found a strange home-made contraption device which Muldowney-Colston used to distort his voice on the phone to banks in an attempt to impersonate legitimate customers.
Investigators discovered that the machine can also play pre-recorded bank messages to trick victims.
This device combined with the other tactics gave him the chance to access funds of over £500,000 from the accounts he was able to pry open.
The hacker was jailed before in 2014 for five years for masterminding a cyber-attack on computers at branches of Barclays and Santander that netted the gang £1.3m.
Prior this attempts he was involved in popularizing rave culture in the 1980s, something that earned him the nickname of the acid house king.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.