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Hacker for July sentencing

Date: June 06, 2005
Source: STUFF

A Dunedin academic who admitted hacking into his ex-employer's system in the US caused $8290 worth of damage, not the $US441,122.50 ($NZ627,396) claimed by the victim, a district court judge ruled last week.

In March 2004 the man became the first New Zealander charged by police under anti-hacking legislation.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of intentionally interfering with and deleting data in the system of a US e-commerce company in November and December 2003. He faces a maximum sentence of seven years in jail. His lawyer, Judith Ablett-Kerr, previously told the court her client should be discharged without conviction. He was granted continued name suppression and will be sentenced on July 1.
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