Canada arrests hacker' father.
April 21, 2000 8:33 AM   Subscribe

Canada arrests hacker' father. Strange, I don't recall anything like this ever happening. Your thoughts?
posted by tiaka (7 comments total)
And, yes, I wanted to have the post be a bit misleading. funny little family they got, heh?
posted by tiaka at 8:45 AM on April 21, 2000

So, fourth amendment absolutists: should that father's activities be admissible, since the warrant for the wiretap would only have mentioned the son's activities?

In the US, it wouldn't be... although, of course, it's not necessary to produce the contents of the transcript in evidence to use the information...
posted by baylink at 9:14 AM on April 21, 2000

I miss the old days when cops didn't even know the internet existed.

Further, it's not the responsibility of law enforcement to compensate and protect business for weak system administration. These attacks are preventable even as new methods pop up, new counter methods surface almost instantly... Unless you are using a M$ product, then god help you.
posted by Dean_Paxton at 11:43 AM on April 21, 2000

And if somebody shoots you, it's your fault for not ducking fast enough.
posted by dhartung at 1:41 PM on April 21, 2000

everyone's saying that. I think it's more like, If you're a millionare, you go outside, and announce, to anyone, that if you shoot me, you will get all of my money? is it your fault then?
posted by tiaka at 1:45 PM on April 21, 2000

I don't mean to over-post here, just I should point out that I, in no way condone the actions done by this child hacker. I think it's stupid to go out and do this, since no one sees him as smart, cute or cool, but rather the whole internet community is laughing at him. I'm just saying, it' seems strange to not have atleast the bare protection.
posted by tiaka at 1:47 PM on April 21, 2000

This is an interesting bit of coincidence, and it raises some privacy concerns I've always been intrigued by. On the one hand, I'm glad to live in a place where a crime-in-progress can be stopped because of ongoing investigations, regardless of the crime being investigated.

On the other hand, I can see the argument progressing to "Look how many more people we catch for unrelated crimes through wiretap. Let's listen to everybody, and make sure their thinking 'properly.'"

It would be extremely interesting if 'Mafiaboy' was merely a rube to get at his suspected father. A known script-kiddie bragging about his cracking prowess is a prime suspect for investigation...
posted by cCranium at 4:22 PM on April 21, 2000

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