Set-top box modders sent to prison
Teach telly hackery, go directly to jail
Two men have been sentenced for a total of 15 months for advising people how to bypass security settings on their set-top boxes.
Carl Morgan Davison of Llanfechell in Amlwch and Mark Taylor from Leeds got ten and five months respectively. The two were moderators of a site called modshack.co.uk. Davison used the aliases "Hairy Monster", "HM" or "H" and Taylor was known as "Novice Angle" and "Bubba's Boy".
The site including a link asking for donations which collected almost £27,000. The site was closed in 2006 following the arrest of Davison and Taylor.
Virgin Media and BSkyB complained to North Wales Police that between 2003 and 2005 the website helped people get services without paying for them, thereby defrauding both companies.
The two men were actually charged with providing a hacking advisory service contrary to section 296ZB of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. ®
knowledge is power
Amaz0n sell a dummies book 'Hacking for Dummies' who will be prosecuted for this bit of info?
wait lets just teach a chosen few everything and then burn all the knowledge.
So why hasn't BskyB been prosecuted
Anyone here remember THOIC.com - A hacking forum that gave out OnDigital codes on its forum. Turned out it was actually owned by BskyB to keep an eye on the hacking community. They committed at least two crimes.
1: They regularly released their competitors (OnDigital) encryption codes on the web, and info on how to use them to freely obtain subscription TV.
2: They intercepted their members private emails and messages.
The story was in the Guardian newspaper. There was enough evidence to find them guilty. Evidence that I have seen and was posted on the web. the evidence was actually downloaded from the webmasters PC. His bank account details showing large payments from BskyB, and the emails between him and BskyB security staff proved beyond any doubt that the website was being funded by BskyB.
Apart from the criminal aspect I remember that Canal+ were threatening to sue BskyB for damages (the OnDigital encryption algorithm was owned by Canal+).
To date I haven't seen any action taken against BskyB. Seems some people are above the law in the UK.
Note: This is not hearsay. This is evidence I have seen myself. I know the people who obtained the evidence directly from the webmasters PC. I can probably still get my hands on the original evidence if someone out there in the criminal justice system is brave enough to take on BskyB who are guilty of exactly the same crime these two guys have gone to prison for - if not more.
When I use my time machine to commit crimes, I always go back to the past and wipe out my tracks. Problem solved. Except for the one time I inadvertently killed Bill Gates... You would have thought it should have improved things, but when I returned to the future, intelligent crock pots ruled humanity and had made us their slaves... So I had to go back again and put things right.