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When Sandra O’Connor fled to Spain with her son, she hoped it would be the end of an “obsessive” gaming addiction that had turned him into a recluse.

Instead the former lawyer and mother of three watched as her son, Joseph, was arrested and deported to America for his role in an international hacking gang targeting some of the world’s most famous people.

The 24-year-old now faces seven years in prison when he is sentenced in New York this afternoon, after pleading guilty to seven charges of hacking, cyberstalking, extortion and money laundering, committed between 2018 and 2020.

His mother has told the court she had no idea that her son’s “obsessive” gaming had led him to join a community of hackers and embark on


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