I won't go into full details, but this is eerily familiar (in the extent to what was taken, etc) to something that happened to a colleague of mine. He was found innocent, but even to this day, nothing was filed as to his 'innocence,' because they said that while they could prove no wrongdoing, they also couldn't prove that the alleged activities didn't occur, either. The equipment and data were returned, 78 days later, after he nearly lost his job over not having said data / equipment,) and his neighbors still don't look at him quite the same, after having seen his stuff removed. The police entered the home while he and his spouse were away, and only his 4 children (oldest babysitting) were home. Then upon return home, his wife was inappropriately questioned, her personal effects were strewn across the closet floor, after search, etc... Really damaging activity by the 'good guys.'
In his case, it all stemmed from his credit card number having been stolen, and used to open a 'kiddie'-pic site. Because the officers found his entire work lab upon entering his premises (he worked from home,) he MUST have been into illegal activity... Yeah, ok...
Needless to say, there were full alibies and known whereabouts (without computers present) where he AND his family had been, when said site was posted. And it only took him a day to point the police to the perpetrator (he immediately made phone calls, got ISP records, credit info, etc, and gave them the offending IP, etc.) Total shame...
I can't say whether this BC kid is innocent or not, and judging by the warrants and info, they seem to think they have a case, stating he illegally accessed networks, etc. So I guess we'll have to wait to see how it comes out.
Too much power in the hands of those without a clue, however... ungh!
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on Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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