Law and Order
Two computer geeks who masterminded a £6.5m fraud network stretching from ex-KGB agents in Russia to hackers in America, have been jailed as the first people in Britain to peddle credit card data over the internet.
Douglas Havard, 24 and Lee Elwood, 25, were tracked down in Leeds and Glasgow after an investigation by the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit foiled their global scam.
Starting in Russia, their fraudulent network recruited conmen to send spoof e-mails in an attempt to coax people’s credit card details, under the guise of updating accounts or fixing a payment error.
A 22-year-old man has become the first person in the UK to be convicted for modifying a video games console.
The Cambridge graduate was sentenced at Caerphilly Magistrates Court in Wales to 140 hours of community service.
The man had been selling modified Xbox consoles which he fitted with a big hard drive containing 80 games.
"This case sets a major precedent which marks a milestone in the fight against piracy," said games industry spokesman Michael Rawlinson.
POLICE have charged a former Rositas senior staff member accused of hacking into a secure e-mail account and leaking private e-mails.
The 42-year-old man has been accused of accessing the e-mail account of a Rositas general manager, and then forwarding e-mails to a number of outside sources, including The Advertiser.
Late last week, detectives from the Bendigo Crime Investigation Unit charged the Hoppers Crossing man with six counts of unauthorised access to restricted data on a computer.
He is scheduled to appear at Bendigo Magistrates Court next month.
A MAN IN A place called Utah which is in a country called America, has taken legal action against Slashdot, Groklaw, Pamela Jones, and a number of other individuals and organisations amounting to around 230 or so.
The case was filed in a district court in "Utah", on the 21st of June last.
The nature of the case is a federal civil rights action with a geezer called Jeffrey Vernon Merkey seeking punitive damages and costs because he alleges the defendants, whose number is legion, violated his constitutional and statutory rights.
Adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 is suing Amazon.com, alleging that the e-tailer's search engine is violating copyright law by displaying thousands of images from its Web site without permission.
"It is Perfect 10's contention that 'search engines' such as A9.com and Google are displaying hundreds of thousands of adult images, from the most tame to the most exceedingly explicit, to draw massive traffic to their Web sites, which they convert into ad revenue or sales revenue," the publisher said in a statement.