UK Hacker Jailed for Spying on Children and Downloading Indecent Images
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A UK hacker has been jailed for spying on children and downloading indecent images. Robert Davies, 32 from the city of Nottingham has been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for illegally breaking into phones and computers of a number of victims which included women and children to amass a collection of indecent images. 

Davies purchased an arsenal of cybercrime tools in 2019 along with crypters and remote administration tools (RATs). He used these as a backdoor to steal personal information and conduct surveillance through microphones and cameras, catching the attention of the U.K. National Crime Agency (NCA).

He was known to catfish potential targets using fake profiles on various messaging apps such as Skype. Later he would leverage the attacks by sending rogue links hosting the malware through the chats.

The NCA in a statement said,  “Davies was infecting his victims’ phones or computers with malicious software by disguising it with the crypters so their antivirus protection would not detect it. He then used the RATs to gain remote access to their devices and steal any sexual images (mainly of females) they had stored on there.”

Davies had on more than one occasion spied on a teenage girl via a hacked webcam. According to the authorities they recovered around 27 compromising images and videos of children found on his computer and over 30 victims were identified over the course of the investigation.

Davies was also a customer of a now-defunct marketplace called WeLeakInfo. It is a platform that pawned access to data gathered from other websites until its disruption in January 2020. NCA later that year arrested 21 individuals across the country for using the stolen personal credentials to commit further cyber and fraud offenses.

Between November 2019 and August 2021, Davies has been arrested three times and now faces a jail term of 26 months on charges of computer misuse, voyeurism, owning indecent images of children (IIOC), and for making IIOC and possessing extreme pornographic images.

Additionally, he is also placed on the sex offenders’ register and given a 10-year restraining order on five of the victims along with a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

According to Andrew Shorrock of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, “Davies had amassed what can only be described as a cyber criminal’s toolkit. Not only was he using these tools to break into peoples’ devices, he was also using them to spy on his unsuspecting victims and to steal naked images of them for his own sexual gratification.”

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