Law and Order
A Missouri man is the first to be indicted under a new federal law that prohibits people from secretly videotaping movies when they are shown in theatres, the US Justice Department said yesterday.
Curtis Salisbury, 19, used a camcorder to make copies of recent releases The Perfect Man and Bewitched, and then distributed them through illicit computer networks that specialise in piracy, the Justice Department said. A law that took effect in April prohibits such behaviour.
Gary McKinnon, the UK hacker facing extradition to the US accused of 'the biggest military computer hack of all time', is calling for international computer crime laws to be passed.
McKinnon, who faces up to 70 years in a US jail, says common legislation would ensure that computer crimes are treated in the same way, regardless of geographical location.
He also says there should be a differentiation between malicious computer crimes that cause damage and those that involve unauthorised access.
'The highest sentences should go to the virus writers,' he said.
A 26-year-old male model from Venezuela pleaded guilty Thursday to hacking into a U.S. Defense Department computer.
Colorado U.S. District Judge Walker Miller set sentencing Oct. 21 for Rafael Nunez-Aponte, known as "RaFa." According to his plea agreement, Nunez-Aponte was a member of the hacking group "World of Hell."
In June 2001, Nunez-Aponte transmitted a command to a computer used in training for U.S. Air Force and other military personnel, the plea agreement said.
The command changed the Web page to display a "World of Hell" message.
A British computer hacker wanted in the United States for allegedly infiltrating military computer systems appeared in a London court for an extradition hearing Wednesday.
Gary McKinnon, 39, is accused of accessing 97 government computers between February 2001 and March 2002, causing 700,000 dollars (euro585,000) in damage in what one U.S. attorney called “the biggest hack of military computers ever.” McKinnon is fighting extradition.
Networking giant Cisco and security company Internet Security Systems filed on Wednesday a restraining order against the management of the Black Hat Conference and a security expert who told conference attendees that attackers can broadly compromise Cisco routers.