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Hacker's computer returned

ONE of Australia’s most notorious hackers yesterday won a battle with police for the return of a computer seized at his Bankstown home last year. In early 2001, Stephen Craig Dendtler hacked into the OptusNet internet network and gained access to the account details of more than 400,000 customers. Last year, Dendtler pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorised modification of data and was given a bond, with no conviction recorded. Prosecutors appealed the leniency of the sentence and Dendtler got a two-year good behaviour bond and a $4000 fine. He was back in court yesterday when police applied to forfeit the computer — understood to be worth $1000 — seized at his home as “tainted goods”. Downing Centre local court magistrate Deborah Sweeney ordered the computer be returned to Dendtler’s mother, Vicki. Full Story

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