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Hacker will be dating in prison

Date: November 10, 2006

A British computer hacker has been found guilty of gaining unauthorised access to user profiles on a dating site and has been given an eight-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Matthew Byrne used a dictionary attack to guess the passwords to member profiles on the loveandfriends dating site, which he subsequently defaced.

Byrne gained access because of the simple passwords used on accounts, but did not manage to get into the site's database or servers.

Following the defacement, a police investigation by the Computer Crime Unit identified, located and arrested Byrne, who admitted his part in the offence.

A forensic search of Byrne's computer revealed that he had also written the MIRSA mass mailing email worm.
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