Issue #9 04-14-00 @ 2:17 AM(cst)
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MostHateD Guilty of Hacking Government Web-Sites
|MostHateD, better known as 19 year old Patrick W. Gregory of Houston Texas one of the founders of the hacker group ''Global Hell,'' plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit telecommunications wire fraud and computer hacking in Texas US District Court. The charges stem from Mr. Gregory's hacking into the web sites of the White House and the US Army.|
MostHateD was arrested after the FBI launched an investigation last may, soon after Gregory broke into the White House web site. The FBI raids and subsequent arrests sparked cyberattacks on other Government sites, including the US Senate site and the FBI's web site, by members of the cybergang.
Earlier this year, Chad Davis, another founder of Global Hell, pleaded guilty to hacking the Army site and making it appear the attack was the work of the Chinese Government. Davis, of Green Bay, Wis. (known as "Mindphasr" in Global Hell circles), has been sentenced to six months in custody, ordered to pay the Army $8,054 in damages, and forbidden to communicate with Gregory or any other member of Global Hell.
FEC Will Mandate Electronic Filings
|The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement a plan passed by Congress last year mandating that the FEC have final rules on electronic filing in effect on January 1, 2000. The FEC is seeking public input by May 11, 2000.|
Under the proposal, political committees and other persons would be required to file reports electronically when either their total contributions or total expenditures within a calendar year exceed $50,000. The Commission has had a voluntary electronic filing system in place since 1996, and voluntary filing would still be an option for political committees and persons who do not exceed the $50,000 threshold.
As of April 11, 2000, there were 623 committees filing electronically with the FEC, out of a total of 6,608 committees registered. That 623 includes 484 political action committees, 100 U.S. House of Representatives committees, 20 party committees, and 19 Presidential committees.
The Senate would be exempt from the mandatory filing rules. Senate Candidates could continue to file their reports with the Secretary of the Senate, who then sends them to the FEC. However, Senate candidates would be invited to file an unofficial copy of their reports, designations, and statements electronically to facilitate disclosure.
This issue is of special interest to me. Recently, I wrote an article about the Internet and FEC regulations. The article is titled, ''Campaigning in Cyberspace: Federal Election Laws and Internet Political Activity'' and can be found in the Articles section of it-lawyer.com.
Lessig set to leave Harvard for Stanford
|The renowned Cyberlaw guru Lawrence Lessig has told colleagues that he plans to leave Harvard Law School for Stanford University this fall. Lessig, 38, has been at Harvard since 1998. He is the Berkman professor of law and member of the law school's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a research center that studies the development and regulation of the Internet.|
Lessig gained notoriety in 1997 when Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor cited one of his articles in a decision overturning an online antipornography law. Lessig is also involved in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust trial.
Quote of the Day
|Education is the best provision for old age.|
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