The hacker Mitchell van der K. from Almere was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, of which eight months were suspended with a probationary period of three years. Van der K. was in court for stealing private photos of iCloud accounts of nearly two hundred women.
The suspect has to pay compensation of almost 6,000 euros to four victims. The largest part of this is compensation for the non-material damage suffered by the victims.
Van der K. was arrested in February 2018 on suspicion of computer breach. The hacker appeared to have stolen photos and videos of people through online storage services. Later, well-known people such as vlogger Laura Ponticorvo and former hockey international Fatima Moreira de Melo turned out to be victims of the hack.
30,000 private images of women were found on computers and telephones of the suspect. In addition, Van der K. hacked his minor niece for three years, RTL News wrote in 2018.
"Big breach of privacy"
The court finds the two-year cell appropriate as punishment for frequent and large-scale hacking of iCloud accounts over a period of several years. In doing so, the court takes into account the "sophisticated and planned approach of the suspect and the gross violation of the privacy of the victims".
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) demanded a prison sentence of three years. The court imposed a lower penalty, because not all the charges of the OM could be proven.
Van der K. was a candidate councilor for the VVD in Almere. After the news about the hacks became known, the VVD put the man out of the party.