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'DEC hacking' trial begins

by Nikola Strahija on October 6th, 2005 Magistrates Court on Horsferry Road has started with the trial against Daniel James Cuthbert, accused of hacking into a donations site for the tsunami appeal last December.


Cuthbert is accused of attempting a directory traversal attack (breaches of Section One of the Computer Misuse Act, 1990) on the donate.bt.com site, which handles credit card payments on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee. He pleaded not guilty.

Giving evidence on his own behalf, Cuthbert, at times near tears, said he had made a £30 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.


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