If You Get Caught Hacking, Don't Lie About It
from the rule-number-one... dept
Earlier this year, we wrote a story about a guy who was apparently arrested for using Lynx to visit a tsunami relief site. The story was very very thinly sourced, so we asked for more info... and no one seemed to have any. Perhaps that's because the story wasn't actually true. It's now come out that while the guy used that excuse originally, he later changed his story pretty drastically. He had donated to the site and when he didn't get a confirmation, he got worried that it was a phishing scam, so he went probing to find out if the site was legit or not. That's a somewhat reasonable defense (though, it doesn't mean you'd get off...), but it wasn't what he said originally, so a judge found him guilty of unauthorized access. From the judge's comments, it certainly sounds like a big reason for finding him guilty is the fact that his story changed so much.