UK hacker hits Selena Gomez's Facebook account

The 19-year-old singer/actress was granted a three-year restraining order against a 46-year-old man accused of threatening to kill the starlet and of traveling from Illinois to try to meet her. Gomez wrote in a declaration filed in Oct. 2011 that she was in extreme fear after learning that the man, Thomas Brodnicki, had threatened to kill her while he was on a psychiatric hold.
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Singer Selena Gomez arrives at the 2011 American Music Awards on Nov. 20, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS/AP) A 21-year-old  was sentenced last week in the U.K. for hacking into a Facebook account of actress Selena Gomez, according to Britain's judiciary.

Gareth Crosskey was jailed for 12 months Wednesday after pleading guilty to crimes under Britain's Computer Misuse Act. His victim wasn't identified at the time, but in an account  that since has been confirmed by officials, The Sun newspaper named her as Gomez, the girlfriend of Justin Bieber.

The tabloid said Crosskey posted the words "Justin Bieber sucks" to her Facebook page, prompting a torrent of abuse from the Canadian singer's fans. It also said Crosskey claimed to have intercepted messages between the pair.

Britain's Judicial Official on Tuesday confirmed that The Sun's story was accurate.