Frenchman receives suspended sentence for hacking President Obama’s Twitter

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A 23-year-old Frenchman has been given a suspended jail sentence for hacking into US President Obama’s account on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Francois Cousteix, who surfed the web under the name Hacker-Croll, had faced a maximum jail term of two-years.

He told the courtroom he hacked the account for the common good, to highlight privacy breaches.

“I did it for preventive reasons, not to hurt people,” Mr Cousteix said. He said he was “relieved” at the sentence.

Full story: Obama’s Twitter hacker receives a suspended sentence – BBC