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Email Bomber Faces Retrial 106

An anonymous reader writes "A UK teenager who was cleared last year of launching a denial-of-service attack now faces a retrial. Judges have ruled that crashing a server with five million emails probably isn't permitted under the law. With NASA hacker Gary McKinnon vowing to fight on after losing his extradition fight yesterday, it's been a busy few days for the UK courts."
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Email Bomber Faces Retrial

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  • named for being 18 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Kaenneth (82978) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @07:24PM (#15313665) Homepage Journal
    Why can they now name him?

    I thought the general principle under which juvinile records are sealed is to protect someone from being punished for life for a childhood mistake.
  • What if? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Zaphod2016 (971897) on Thursday May 11, 2006 @07:52PM (#15313855) Homepage

    I was working on a new cron tab the other day. It had been one of those 20-hour days, so I was already well-past "bobo mode" when I started. After a half an hour, I began to wonder where the hell all my confirmation emails were going....(er duh).

    I wasn't "spamming", I was setting up on a new server and tired. Luckily, the default sendto was a null addy, but *what if*? What if one day I accidentally run a cron tab, and mail bomb the shit out of some poor shmoe?

    Don't get me wrong: if I *did* ever do something so stupid, I would expect a civil lawsuit, and I would expect to lose. But is this really a criminal offense?

  • Re:what the hell (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Shimbo (100005) on Friday May 12, 2006 @04:54AM (#15316058)
    they can just have a retrial like that?

    They can appeal against a poor reading of the law in the lower court. I don't it find it particularly scary that someone who is incorrectly acquitted on technical grounds can face a retrial, if a higher court so orders.

  • by ScouseMouse (690083) on Friday May 12, 2006 @06:12AM (#15316199) Homepage
    I dunno about the US, but the age after which you are considered fully responsible for your actions and can be go to jail (Although usually a young offenders institute) in the UK is 14, not 18.

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