By John Oates
5th October 2005
Horsferry Road Magistrates Court has heard the first day of evidence
against the East London man accused of hacking into a donations site
for the tsunami appeal last December.
Daniel James Cuthbert, 28, of Whitechapel, London, is accused of
breaches of Section One of the Computer Misuse Act, 1990, on the
afternoon of New Year's Eve, 2004. He had earlier pleaded not guilty.
Cuthbert is accused of attempting a directory traversal attack on the
donate.bt.com site which handles credit card payments on behalf of the
Disasters Emergency Committee.
Giving evidence on his own behalf, Cuthbert, at times near tears, said
he had made a =A330 donation to the site, after clicking on a banner
advert. Because he received no final thank-you or confirmation page he
became concerned it may have been a phishing site, so he carried out
two tests to check the security of the site.
The case continues tomorrow. =AE
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