Law and Order
Spanish authorities are reported to have arrested 310 people as part of an international investigation into one of the Internet’s most active “419” or “Nigerian e-mail” fraud rings.
The raid, carried out in conjunction with the FBI, saw police enter 166 properties across southern Spain, confiscating 2,000 mobile phones, 327 computers, and 165 fax machines, and seizing over 200,000 euros in cash. The fraudsters appear to have been monitored by international police authorities for two years.
A U.S. judge blasted Canadian teen Travis Biehn and called his parents too lenient Wednesday, as he sent the youth back into detention on bomb-related charges and ordered him to attend a wilderness program.
Judge Kenneth Biehn, who's no relation, said the 17-year-old is no terrorist but an "arrogant, guarded, defensive, immature, attention-seeking" youth who needs to be evaluated after completing the juvenile program to see if he can go back to his family at the end of August.
The government intends to impose stiffer sentences on hackers and virus writers by modifying the Computer Misuse Act.
A Home Office spokeswoman says changes will be proposed as soon as the parliamentary diary will allow. The Home Office wants to amend parts of the 1990 Act relating to unauthorised access to, and modification of, computer material. It is also looking to classify denial of service (DoS) attacks as a crime, following a rise in attempts by extortionists to blackmail firms by bombarding their IT systems with network traffic.
Gary McKinnon, the British hacker facing an extradition hearing in nine days time has warned other hacking wannabees not to follow his example.
McKinnon, who faces a possible 72 years in a US prison if he is forced to stand trial in America for entering over 53 US military computer systems, is terrified by the prospect."I was not doing anything - I wasn't damaging anything," he said. "I was just looking. I did not think about the legal side of things and now I am facing the prospect of extreme violence in some US jail."
A former Alleghany County employee who was fired in December has been indicted on 36 illegal computer-use charges.