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'DEC hacking' trial opens

'DEC hacking' trial opens
'DEC hacking' trial opens 

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 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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