[ISN] Dating site hack suspect arrested

InfoSec News isn at c4i.org
Fri Apr 8 01:56:15 EDT 2005


By John Leyden
7th April 2005 

Police last week arrested a 37-year-old man from Sheffield on 
suspicion of hacking into the website of London dating agency 
loveandfriends.com. The unnamed suspect allegedly hacked into the 
site, took control of member’s profiles, and made demands for payment 
in exchange for securing the site.

Working with the victim company, officers from the Computer Crime Unit 
at Scotland Yard traced the suspect to his home in Sheffield, where 
they executed a search warrant on Friday, 1 April. Met police officers 
seized the suspect's computers and recovered evidence that he was 
responsible for writing the Mirsa-A and Mirsa-B mass mailing worms, 
which posed as messages from campaign group Fathers 4 Justice.

The suspect was arrested for computer hacking offences (contrary to 
section three of the Computer Misuse Act 1990), interviewed and 
released on police bail pending further enquiries and analysis of his 

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