Feeds

Senior Republican charged in phone jamming plot

Bushwhacker

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

A former Bush campaign official has been charged with plotting to jam the phone networks of political opponents during the November 2002 election.

James Tobin, 44, of Bangor, Maine, the former regional director of the Republican National Committee in New England, faces charges of conspiracy to commit telephone harassment and aiding and abetting telephone harassment. He face a jail sentence of up to five years if convicted.

Tobin allegedly took part in a conspiracy to jam five telephone numbers run by the New Hampshire Democratic Party, and one associated with a local Professional Firefighters Association, in an attempt to stop opponents' "get-out-the-vote" efforts. More than 800 hang-up calls jammed the phone lines for about 90 minutes on election day, AP reports.

Tobin and Chuck McGee, former executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, are accused of agreeing to pay Virginia-based GOP Marketplace $15,600 for the attack. GOP Marketplace allegedly hired a subcontractor to tie up phone lines using automated calls. Allen Raymond, a Republican consultant and GOP Marketplace president, and McGee both pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges this summer. Each faces sentencing early next year.

Tobin is alleged to have acted as the middleman that hooked McGee up with Raymond. He resigned as Bush's 2004 New England campaign chairman, when the allegations became public in October. He denies the charges. ®

Related stories

Feds bust DDoS 'Mafia'
Alleged DDoS kingpin joins most wanted list
Bush website conspiracy theories darken skies
French cinemas to jam mobile phones

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'
Swapping other people's sexts is a fringe benefit, says Snowden
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
British data cops: We need greater powers and more money
You want data butt kicking, we need bigger boots - ICO
Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans
Wait - they're doing online banking with an unpatched Windows PC?
NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb
Lrn2crypto, oversight panel tells US govt's algorithm bods
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.