Cops Who Started 'Hackers Are Us' Service Convicted

from the no-surprise-there dept

A few months back we wrote about a private investigation firm in the UK that had a separate “computer hacking” division called “Hackers Are Us.” It seemed like the sort of thing that you wouldn’t necessarily want to name a company that clearly was breaking computer fraud laws — but no one ever said criminals were smart. A court has now convicted the two guys who set up the service… and it turns out that both were actually on the police force at the time (though one was on leave for depression). Yes, “Hackers Are Us,” a private investigation firm that would illegally install keyloggers on anyone’s computer was run by two moonlighting cops. For future reference, though, if you’re setting up a business to do illegal stuff, it’s probably not a good idea to advertise it in your name. It may help for marketing purposes, initially, but sooner or later it seems likely to come back to bite you.


Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Cops Who Started 'Hackers Are Us' Service Convicted”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
34 Comments
charlie potatoes (profile) says:

Tex: the name says it all...

You likely think Bush is a Texan. What can I say? I was joking, but in all seriousness, you Neocon Bubbas have pretty much ruined Texas. You and the Republican leadership have given us third rate schools and Mississippi highways…except for the toll roads which you’re building and assigning to the corportions to run. You’ve taken your scam lottery game and sucked all the profits out and now are trying to sell it to private industry. When you get your carpet bags full you can move on up to Connecticut or Maine where hopefully DimeBag Bush will retire to.

Tex says:

Re: Tex: the name says it all...

charlie potatoes,
If you somehow think that you can divine my political leanings from what I wrote you must really be nuts. Spuds for brains?

You almost make me ashamed to be anti-bush. But maybe you’re actually a neocon troll masquerading as some kind of anti-bush idiot and make the rest look bad by association.

I was joking

Oh yeah, sure you were. But in that case then, so was I.

Anonymous Coward says:

It might help if people would stop confusing the terms hacker and cracker. For guys who spend as much time trying to highlight the fine distinctions between innovation and invention, and the music industry vs. the recording industry (just to give two examples), I’d expect this site, more than most, to understand the fine distinction between the two. You could always argue that common culture has made the cracker/hacker terms largely synonymous, but that sort of contradicts, to some extent, the arguments you’ve been making in the previous two examples for ages.

freddy says:

Re: Re:

The distinction between the two terms is dumb. Cracker= bad guy who illegally accesses a program or network. Hacker= a clever programmer (not a bad guy) who enters circumvents a security, often as a way to improve or find holes in a security system.

The distinction was artificially created as a way to “redefine” the term hacker as something more positive. The actual community of hackers does not really embrace the stupid distinction. The term ‘hacker’ has an undeniably negative connotation that cannot be taken away by trying to change the definition.

Ray says:

Meaning of 'Hacker'

Actually, freddy, the positive definition of the word hacker predated the negative one. However, when the media stated reporting on stories where a computer expert, or ‘hacker’, broke into a system, people misunderstood the term, and the new meaning stuck.

I personally would love to see a return of the original, positive meaning of hacker, but doubt it will ever happen. Language is a dynamic thing. If the bulk of users think a word has a certain definition, then it does, regardless or it’s original meaning. ‘Nice’ used to mean “foolish, stupid, or senseless” in the late 1200’s; it meant “precise or exact” in the 1500’s, and changed to “kind or thoughtful” by the mid-1800’s.

Probably in 500 years, hacker will mean someone that plays flute, or some-such.

Comicfan says:

Perhaps “Crackers R Us” would have been more the correct term. Then Nabisco would sue. Smart move, how about they go from “HAU” to “We were hackers”. Most likely, they had no clue anyway. A five year old could install a key logger or do much of what they claimed was hacking anyway. As the term goes, no, hacking was not a bad term when started. Matter of fact still to this day,if you go on Cisco “Not Crisco”, you will see hackers’ comments and they will fix issues due to them. They are more welcome than you think. The two yahoos claiming to be hackers probably couldn’t use a root kit tool. How smart can you be naming a business that anyway? No wonder one is depressed.

Politicians First says:

Who really cares.....

about two people whether they are cops or not. Maybe the UK should use them to crack an hack into there politicians computers an see how corrupt they are. Then they should do the same here in the states. Basically LETS CLEAN OUT THE SH!T an get a whole new government, starting with the House of Reps, then the Senate. I’m tired of reading about the little man getting caught an being punished. If a politician created the website the monster would get free campaign advertising, an the politican in charge would get support. In the rare occassion he/she could’nt pay anyone off under the table, then they’d get a smack on the wrist by the speaker of the house, an it’d go like this…. “Bad politician, very bad, I cant believe you did this, how about you revise your idea an get back to me on how we can make a profit”… doh!

Real Texan says:

Texas HAS been ruined by conservatives. Bunch of Nazi’s that came down from the Northeast in the 30’s and 40’s cause they thought they could make more money out west in oil. I’m 6th generation Texan… yes, back to the republic, and I’m more sick of retarded Kenebunkport cowbows than anyone, including Cindy Sheehan.

marry says:

Re: ann richards

It might help if people would stop confusing the terms hacker and cracker. For guys who spend as much time trying to highlight the fine distinctions between innovation and invention, and the music industry vs. the recording industry (just to give two examples), I’d expect this site, more than most, to understand the fine distinction between the two. You could always argue that common culture has made the cracker/hacker terms largely laptop AC adapters synonymous, but that sort of contradicts, to some extent, the arguments you’ve been making in the previous two examples for ages.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...
Loading...