Corkman admits hacking Park Magic to get free parking 

Corkman admits hacking Park Magic to get free parking 

A 29-year-old Cork man confessed to offences prosecuted under new anti-computer crime legislation arising out of an investigation into the hacking of a computer parking system.

David Young was arraigned at Cork Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded guilty to three of the charges against him related to the Park Magic system.

Defence barrister Emmet Boyle said the amount of money involved in the fraud was actually quite small.

However, Mr Boyle said that the defrauded company had since implemented preventative measures to safeguard their system against such offences and that this investment had run into thousands of euro. The exact figure was not provided in court.

So far, the details of how the crime came to be committed have not been outlined in court. Judge Helen Boyle adjourned sentencing until February 21, 2022.

Mr Boyle BL said the accused was on bail and had no previous convictions of any kind. He was remanded on continuing bail until February.

Detective Garda Paul Fitzpatrick of the Garda National Cyber Crime Unit brought the charges against David Young from Cois na hAbhann, Cloyne, County Cork.

The charges

David Young was arraigned at Cork Circuit Criminal Court and pleaded guilty to intentionally accessing an information system

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