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Youth cleared of trying to hack Mossad Web site

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court acquitted Sunday an Israeli youth charged with attempting to hack the Web site of the Mossad secret service. Presiding judge Abraham Tennenbaum, who found that Avi Mizrahi had not attempted to break into the site, but had merely been attempting to assess the security level, even praised the defendant for “acting in the public good.” “In a way,” wrote Tennenbaum, “Internet surfers who check the vulnerabilities of Web sites are acting in the public good. If their intentions are not malicious and they do not cause any damage, they should even be praised,” Tennenbaum wrote in his decision. Mizrahi was charged in June 2003 with attempting to hack the Mossad site. Mizrahi’s attorney, Omri Kabiri, told Haaretz during the trial that his client sent his resume to the Mossad via a site set up by the secret service to recruit new employees. Full Story

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