Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hackers-r-us

Interception technology has long been within the reach of large corporations. It seems that it has now reached even one-man-band private detective agencies. A court heard yesterday that London's Active Investigation Services planted Trojan horse software to snoop on targets' electronic activities, and even planted bugs in BT junction boxes and overhead telephone wires:

David Carroll, of Highgate, north London and Scott Gelsthorpe, of, Kettering, Northants, both deny 15 counts of conspiracy alleging fraud, the unauthorised modification of computer material, the unlawful interception of computer material and criminal damage.

The price list: £5,000-£7,000 to hack into a computer, £2,000 to obtain bank details and £6,000 to tap telephones. As Paul commented yesterday, will the police used proceeds of crime legislation to recover the profits made by this agency?

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