February 13, 2006
TURIN, Italy - A would-be hacker was being investigated by police
Monday after threatening to attack the internal computer network of
the Turin Olympics organizing committee.
The man - a technical consultant for the TOROC committee - illicitly
gained access to off-limits sections of the network, police officer
Fabiola Silvestri said.
"This consultant - who is now a former consultant - said in a very
strong way that he could do certain things to the network," TOROC
spokesman Giuseppe Gattino said. "Nothing has happened and all the
passwords have been disabled."
Officials declined to reveal the consultant's identity, and Gattino
said he didn't know the reasons for his threatening behavior.
No charges were immediately filed against the man.
In a separate case, police found that a Turin antiques dealer had
acquired five Internet domains that had similar names to Olympic Web
If accessed, the domains redirected users to the dealer's Web site,
which also carried Olympic logos and other copyrighted material,
Once he had been told that what he was doing was illegal, the dealer
deleted the material and redirected users from his domains to Olympic
Web sites, she said.
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