Dejan Lovren who can currently be seen playing for Croatia in this summer’s World Cup has been winning many hearts, however, it has now been announced that a fan hacked into Lovren’s social media accounts to get private information.
Lovren was made aware of the hack when private documents were being circulated by the hacker to other footballers using Lovrens contacts list. The other footballers reported this and Lovren reported the hack to the police. The police then arrested 22-year-old Peter Doswell from the Scottish Borders for the hack.
About 150 family videos belonging to the Liverpool defender’s family, an image of his identity card, financial details, eight text documents related to property purchase and a letter from his club bearing his address were found on the computer of Peter Doswell of Selkirk.
Peter Doswell also accessed private details of Lovren’s Liverpool teammates Adam Lallana and Emre Can. He had then sent messages on their personal social media accounts and mobile phones asking them personal questions.
Doswell, a Liverpool fan who was said to have a low IQ, pleaded guilty at Selkirk sheriff court to knowingly cause a computer to perform a function with intent to secure unauthorised access to a program or data. This offence was committed at his home in April last year.
His lawyer Mark Harrower described it as an “unusual case” and said his client was “not an experienced hacker.”
There were phishing software and hacking tools found on the culprit’s computer through which he hacked accounts. He suggested a third party was involved given the level of expertise required but that Doswell had gone along with it and had carried out some of the actions himself.
According to reports, Doswell has been a part of similar hacks in the past and is not new to hacking celebrities specifically targeting footballers.
Doswell was ordered to carry out 225 hours unpaid work and put under supervision for 27 months.