Teens cautioned over illegal Net access

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 March, 2000, 12:00am

Four schoolchildren have been cautioned by the ICAC for using other peoples' passwords to access the Internet.

The inquiry followed a claim that staff at an Internet service provider might have taken bribes to leak clients' passwords.

Investigators discovered that between February and March last year, four secondary students had used other people's passwords and user identity numbers without authorisation. No corruption was found. The victims had paid an extra $300 monthly Internet fee as a result of the unauthorised access.

After Department of Justice advice was sought, the offenders, aged between 14 and 17, were given a caution because of their age and the small amount of money involved.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption said hackers had put the passwords and user identity numbers of a number of account holders on a Web site. Two of the youngsters downloaded the information from the site, while one obtained the data from a friend and the other from a classmate.