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A Bradley Stoke man admitted hacking into people’s computer accounts to take money and distribute intimate photos.

Jack Durlacher accessed a student’s PayPal account and diverted £400 which he was later found to have spent on online gambling and ordering takeaways.

Bristol Crown Court heard the student was left so cash-strapped she couldn’t complete her final year at university.

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Durlacher also hacked into another woman’s social media account and distributed indecent photographs of her, taken when she was a youth.

The 21-year-old, of Hawkins Crescent, pleaded guilty to fraud, distributing indecent images of a person aged under 18 and six charges contrary to the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Emily Evans, prosecuting, said Durlacher redirected funds from the student’s account, logged into her Facebook account and threatened to delete it.

Police found he distributed indecent images of another woman, leaving her feeling “very violated” and paranoid about the internet and social media.

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Miss Evans said he also hacked into a third woman’s private social media account and threatened to distribute an intimate photo of her.

Police traced the interventions back to Durlacher’s IP (Internet Protocol) address.

Nikki Coombe, defending, said her client had been diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome.

She asked Judge Euan Ambrose for a medical report to ascertain Durlacher’s mental health at the time of the offences.

The judge sanctioned a report and adjourned sentence to a date to be fixed.

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