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Hacker versus auditor

Date: March 11, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Timofey Saytarly

Vladivostok, Russia - Officers of Vladivostok Regional Police Office, Department "K" detained a hacker, who attempted to sell information stolen from auditing firm. Officers initiated proceedings under Article 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Illegal access to computer information).

The suspect, 17-year-old guy, downloaded in July 2003 some hacker programs from the Internet and decided to try them. His first attempt was successful: software easily broke protection system of a local network in the auditing firm and the hacker obtained access to information protected by the law: data of audit in different Vladivostok companies.

A young hacker offered this information in the Internet for 10 000 of Russian roubles ($300). It is not hard to imagine how happy he was when only in few days he got the desired money from buyers. However these buyers appeared to be officers of Department "K" (unit on fighting crimes in high tech field) and now he is in for large monetary penalty or suspended sentence.

But besides amateur hackers, now and then officers have to struggle with trite thieves that steal ordinary goods. Not so long ago cyber policemen arrested four young men aged from 16 to 19 years that robbed local computer store at the end of May 2003. The value of stolen goods is still defined more exactly, but it is known for sure that about ten computers were stolen. Thieves have already managed to sell some of these computers to a physics teacher of one of Vladivostok schools. As it appeared During the investigation, one of the thieves committed one more robbery: he asked to show him a laptop in one of the stores, then he grabbed it and disappeared quickly.

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