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Jailed hacker allowed into IT class, hacks prison computers

Nicholas Webber, serving five years for creating a hacker's forum site, is somehow invited into an IT class in jail. The consequences are difficult.

They're arguing now about who let it happen, but happen it did, with entertaining consequences.

Somehow Nicholas Webber found himself in an IT class while in jail. He's serving five years for creating a site called GhostMarket, which allowed those interested in creating computer viruses, partaking of stolen IDs and enjoying private credit card data to congregate.

He was caught using hacked personal information to buy everything from iPods to luxury hotel stays.

One might have thought that an IT class would have been quite dull for him. One might also have thought that inviting him to an IT class might encourage him to enjoy a little mischief.

As the Daily Mail reports, mischief did indeed occur.

So much so that the computer system at Her Majesty's Prison Isis, South London (the Queen's name adorns so many English prisons) was hacked.

The slightly peculiar miscalculation that led to this hacking -- which happened in 2011 -- has come to light because the teacher running the IT class is suing the college that employed him for unfair dismissal.

Michael Fox claims that he didn't know Webber was a hacker. The prison banned him. Other prisons were sent a note that his talents were allegedly imperfect. Kensington and Chelsea College subsequently laid him off.