Kent man admits Oxbridge and police force cyber attacks

  • 15 April 2013
  • From the section England
Bridge of Sighs, Hertford College, Oxford
Image caption Lewys Martin admitted hacking into the public website of Oxford University

A man has pleaded guilty to five charges of hacking into police and university websites.

Lewys Martin, previously from Walmer in Kent, took the websites of Kent Police, as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities, offline.

He brought the websites down for a total of more than three hours by overwhelming them with attacks requesting information.

The 21-year-old will be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court in May.

Det Ch Insp Tom Richards led the investigation by the Special Branch Investigations Team and the Kent Police Digital Forensic Unit.

"The attack on ours and other public-facing websites was serious and Martin's intention was to cause as much disruption and failure as possible," he said.

Ken Goss, prosecuting, said: "Cyber crime is a rapidly expanding area of criminal activity and can take many forms.

"In this case, Martin was attacking not only large organisations, but individuals.

"Both Oxford and Cambridge Universities estimate around two weeks' worth of man hours were spent dealing with the cyber attacks."

At Maidstone Crown Court Martin pleaded guilty to nine counts in total of computer-related offences.

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