OM continues man for computer trespass




after discovery dataleak
The PPS continues a 45-year-old man for computer trespassing after discovering a data breach in a site of the Central Bureau for Genealogy. The organization then filed a declaration. The man had reported the leak through PubLeaks, after which Tweakers published about it.

The man tells his story to the AD , after the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday that it is demanding a 120- hour service sentence against a man who discovered a database of a family history website. Half of that sentence is conditional. According to the AD, the indictment is computer intrusion because the man stored the data from the database with the help of a script. An appeal to responsible disclosure would not succeed because no such policy had been drawn up by the Central Bureau for Genealogy and because the leak had not been reported to the organization itself.

He reported the leak in 2015 via PubLeaks, after which Tweakers approached the MEB and published about it after the leak was rectified. It was a database with data from about 80,000 ‘friends of the MEB’, which was easy to consult. The ITer says to the AD that he only wanted to help. “Instead, one morning, while the children were home, five detectives were in my house, they searched everything and took almost all the computers, including my wife’s work computer, then Dad was gone, I was in the night. cell, “he says to the newspaper.

The public prosecutor thinks that it is possible that the man had ‘less noble motives than he wants to pretend’. “The file shows that the defendant and the affected website operate in the same market and are therefore competitors”, according to the officer. “Not that I exclude that he actually felt that there was an abuse that had to be ended, but he also made the wrong choices.”

The man did not expect the MEB to report it. The police were able to trace their identity on the basis of the IP address used, reports the AD. The MEB would also claim an amount of 20,000 euros for carrying out research and closing the leak. Another consequence of the case would be that he can no longer work for clients who request a VOG .


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