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LinuxFreak.org: Update on 'Cyber Citizen lands Felony'

Aug 28, 2001, 06:59 (8 Talkback[s])

An anonymous reader writes:

In response to the Brian K. West story originally carried on LinuxFreak.org, Sheldon Sperling (of the DOJ) wrote a news release. West's legal defense has its own reply to the situation.

Editor's Note: West is facing charges of wire fraud in connection with accusations that he illegally accessed the records and software of a local newspaper. West says he stumbled across a glaring vulnerability in the paper's security and was merely trying to help out. The paper says more happened than that.

These links are being provided because they were passed along to us, but having read the original item, plus reader reaction to it, and having read over several of the documents involved in this case, we'd be remiss if we didn't note that this story is being posted as a followup. As with most stories, there's more than one side to this one, and it may be that Mr. West's case isn't as clear-cut as some would represent it to be.

The original item, we'd also like to point out, strained topicality for a site devoted to Linux coverage, and this is a story we'll be unlikely to follow in any great detail in the future.

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