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A hacker nabbed

Date: September 09, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Timofey Saytarly

The Blagoveschensk regional court (Russia) should start hearings on the creation, utilization and distribution of malicious software criminal case. Police charges a local programmer Sergey Davydiuk, also known as hacker Sobol of the mentioned activity. The hearings were deferred.

Let us remind that in 1999 Sergey Davydiuk has created a program emulating a 1C HASP hardware key. It is used as a security means to protect licensed versions of the 1C accounting products. This device has a microchip with a secret code, it is connected to the computer. As the software is started, it requests the device and continues its work only having received the response from the key. The crack written by Sobol allows using 1C without this HASP-key. Free emulators have cut the volume of company’s sales. However, unlicensed use of 1C software has widely spread their products and has made it popular. New and new programmers learn how to create business-accounting solutions customised for clients.

The company’s officials confute the main argument of Sobol's advocates, who say that original versions of the key have some lacks which are successfully removed by the emulator. Besides, 1C supporters stress on the economic damage: the enterprise and dealers receive less profits, pay less taxes and bonuses. Though 1C advocates failed to prove this very damage. Therefore, the count of violation of copyright or adjacent rights and distribution of malicious fell away. But how will the suitor prove the maliciousness of the emulator is still a question: there's no harm from it, the author didn't take money for its distribution.

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