UK computer engineer trapped in TV sting

PC repair engineer faces jail after being caught stealing bank details

A British PC engineer was caught red-handed by an undercover TV reporter in a perfectly-executed sting — even though the journalist was investigating another matter.

Grzegorz Zachodni was sentenced to nine months at London Magistrate's Court after being caught stealing bank details from the Sky News reporter. The journalist was actually investigating the quality of service offered by laptop repair shops but covert software revealed that Zachodni took his fault investigations a step too far.

Zachodni was working at Laptop Revival, a computer repair shop in Hammersmith. When the reporter took her laptop to be fixed, it had a minor fault. The fault was a loose memory chip, a simple one to fix.

Webcam footage and the covert software revealed that Zachodni spent 20 minutes looking at personal files, including a large number of the reporter's photographs as well as files marked "private", which contained her bank details. He was also seen using a USB stick to copy details from the computer. He later made six attempts to access the reporter's bank details using the password and login details from the computer.

Sky News broadcast a news report of their investigation and then passed details of their enquiry to the London Metropolitan Police Service's Economic and Specialist Crime Unit. Zachodni was subsequently arrested.

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