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A London hacker is facing jail after he admitted illegally accessing National Lottery gambling accounts. Anwar Batson, 29, used automated hacking suite Sentry MBA to carry out his offences. At Southwark Crown Court yesterday he admitted four offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Sentry MBA is used to ferret out valid …

  1. macjules Silver badge
    Coat

    Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

    So greater than the possibility of winning anything on the National Lottery?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Happy

      Re: Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

      Exponentially greater.

      1. Joseba4242

        Re: Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

        "Exponentially" is a term used to describe the correlation between two metrics and has no meaning where only one metric is involved.

        It is not a synonym for "much".

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

          I was kind of baiting (I knew it wasn't technically accurate) someone to point that out so thankyou.

          I'm not particuarly gifted at maths but I understand the concept of exponential growth, so knew that in terms of statistics for this example, it wasn't an interchangeable concept.

          I'm amazed it took two days . . . on the reg.

          Funny thing about this is I actually know someone who won the jackpot, how much I don't know but he drives a brand new Masserati now so must have been a few quid.

    2. Swiss Anton

      Re: Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

      I know lots of people who have won something on the National Lottery. I personally know only one person who has been to jail. Am I a statistical outlier?

      1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

        Re: Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

        I think they mean the chances of winning the jackpot.

        1. Swiss Anton

          Re: Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

          The was no mention of jackpots, just "... winning anything …" I don't see why that doesn't include the prize for matching 3 balls.

        2. Ghostman
          Alien

          Re: Statistically speaking, his chances of a prison sentence are low.

          The chances of winning "anything" in a lottery is really 50%. You either win something, or you don't.

          The alien since it isn't like an astronomical problem.

  2. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge

    Camelot ... reportedly spent £200,000 investigating the attacks

    This kind of thing bugs me. Like it's the hacker's fault they were forced to spend that money to investigate something that - in this day and age - really shouldn't happen in the first place.

    I've zero sympathy for large organisations cheaping out on security. Had they invested in better defences to begin with, there's a good chance this couldn't have happened. They're responsible for having adequate security.

    Probably would have cost less than 200k to implement too. Either the figure's inflated for effect, or that's a lot of expensive specialist hours. I'm inclined to believe the former, unless they're paying the IT intern 200k to eaxmaine the logs for unauthorised access.

  3. Winkypop Silver badge
    Trollface

    Sentencing scratch tickets

    Match three symbols to learn your sentencing period.

    3 Con men = 5 years

    3 Locks and keys = 10 years

    3 Bowls of gruel = 15 years

    All tickets are winners!

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