Man (28) accused of hacking into system and threatening to release 12,000 customers’ details
David Young of Cois na hAbhann, Cloyne, Co Cork, appeared before Cork District Court where he was charged with intentionally accessing an information system without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.
February 09 2021 02:30 AM
A man accused of hacking into a computer parking system, and making a gain for himself and others, has become the first person to be charged under new anti-computer crime legislation introduced in 2017.
David Young (28) of Cois na hAbhann, Cloyne, Co Cork, appeared before Cork District Court where he was charged with intentionally accessing an information system without lawful authority or reasonable excuse by infringing a security measure.
Mr Young is alleged to have carried out the offence between September 4 and 5, 2018.
He was also charged with making a demand with menaces, by threatening to release information from 12,000 customer accounts with Park Magic Mobile Solutions, to make a gain for himself.
The State alleges that the offence occurred on September 5, 2019 at an unknown location in Cork.
He was also charged with intentionally hindering or interrupting the functioning of an information system at the Vodafone Data Centre at Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park in Dublin.
The offence involves allegedly altering data between May 22 and September 3, 2018.
Mr Young was also charged with operating a computer with the intention of making a gain for himself and others and causing a loss to others, in Cork city, between May 20 and September 9, 2018.
Mr Young was also charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining parking credit to the value of €270 between May 28 and August 17, 2018.
Cathryn Young (54) of Ashford, Healy’s Bridge, Carrigrohane, Co Cork also appeared before the court. Ms Young, who is the mother of David Young, was charged with a total of five counts of dishonestly obtaining parking credit totalling €212.
The five offences were alleged to have occurred in Cork city between June 11 and August 24, 2018.
Meanwhile, Conor Lydon (27) of Rineen, Cork Road, Carrigaline, Co Cork, was also charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining parking credit, totaling €194. The State alleges the offences occurred in Cork on dates between June 5 and August 24, 2018.
Det Garda Paul Fitzpatrick, of the Garda National Cyber Crime Unit, gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to all three accused. He told Judge Olann Kelleher that none of the three made any replies to the charges when they were put to them under caution.
Sgt Pat Lyons said the DPP had directed that Mr Young should be tried on indictment at Circuit Court level, and that Ms Young and Mr Lydon would be dealt with on a summary basis at District Court level.
Judge Kelleher adjourned the case against both Mr and Ms Young until February 22. He also remanded Mr Lydon to that date.
All three were remanded on bail.