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Aussie Court Crackers on Crackers

Lawyers and security firms have condemned a decision by an Australian court to release without punishment a man who admitted to breaking into ISP OptusNet’s network. Stephen Craig Dendtler, 22, of Bankstown, New South Wales, escaped either a conviction or fine last week even though he admitted gaining access to thousands of sensitive customer details through a back door in OptusNet’s network. The software engineer’s lawyer claimed that Dendtler’s cracking activities were nothing more than an “intellectual pursuit”, The Age reports. Australian law firm Deacons said the court’s decision gives a “green light to hackers”. “The decision of a New South Wales court not to impose any punishment on a defendant guilty of hacking could severely undermine efforts to secure Australian cyberspace,” says Leif Gamertsfelder, Head of E-Security at Deacons. Full Story

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