UK man suspected of hacking into dating site

By Derek Sooman on April 7, 2005, 4:03 PM
You do hear stories now and again about someone breaking into a website, or breaching a company's firewall, and getting rewarded or hired by the company as a result. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense; someone who has managed to get in will be in a prime position to stop other people from doing so. Perhaps a job or a reward was what a 37-year-old man from Sheffield in the UK (who currently is unnamed) thought would be the result when he hacked into the website of London dating agency loveandfriends.com. Well, I should say when he "allegedly" did so. Unfortunately, this did not bring about the desired result, and the man is currently being held on suspicion of the computer crimes, under section three of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Working with the victim company, officers from the Computer Crime Unit at Scotland Yard traced the suspect to his home in Sheffield, where they executed a search warrant on Friday, 1 April. Met police officers seized the suspect's computers and recovered evidence that he was responsible for writing the Mirsa-A and Mirsa-B mass mailing worms, which posed as messages from campaign group Fathers 4 Justice.




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