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1/5/2017
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Hacker To Make Amends By Bolstering Victim's Cybersecurity

London youth who hacked a Derbyshire company let off in a 'restorative justice' agreement with the police.

In a "restorative justice" settlement, a hacker who broke into a Derbyshire, UK company’s network will now work for his victim to strengthen its cybersecurity and safeguard it from breaches, reports Burton Mail. The 24-year-old London hacker had stolen credentials from social media tools to illegally access the organization’s server.  

Following an agreement between the Derbyshire police and the victim, no legal action was taken against the hacker after he was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in return for providing cybersecurity advice to his victim.

"It is important to raise awareness of these types of activities as regardless of computer skills, curiosity or good intentions, Computer Misuse Act offences are still being committed,” said Detective Constable Mick Donegan of Derbyshire Cybercrime Unit.

Read more on Burton Mail.

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1/5/2017 | 3:45:24 PM
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This is exactly what I'm talking about.  Our cyberlaw and policies are in such need of refitting to allow for justice like this.  Hell, all our laws are in need of revision, but seeing this story makes me smile.  Anyone who follows hacker culture knows that for every criminal hacker there are thousands upon thousands of good people who are full of curiosity, technical knowledge and boredom.  But with all these elements, something to do is the cure, and it's clear the legal entities involved in this case understod that. 

What is it about American law that is so unforgiving, lawsuit-happy, and prison-crazy?  I'm sure the UK is not perfect, but I've seen cases like this before over there and on our end of the pond, the same case puts a smart young person in prison rather than offer an opportunity to be of use, and to make ammends.  Sad.  It brings to mind Aaron Swartz (R.I.P.) and the travesty of that case.  January 11th is his death anniversary.  How many will think of him when they read this... 
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