Arrest made in Cisco source code theft

    Date17 Sep 2004
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3995
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Police in the U.K. have arrested a man in connection with the theft of source code from networking equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. in May, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman confirmed Friday. . . . The Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit searched residences in Manchester, U.K. and Darbyshire, U.K. on Sept. 3., confiscated computer equipment and arrested a 20 year-old man suspected of committing "hacking offenses" under that country's Computer Misuse Act of 1990. While authorities could not discuss the specifics of the case, the arrest was linked to the Cisco source code, according to Julie Prinsep, a Yard spokeswoman.

    The suspect has since been released on bail and is scheduled to appear before authorities at a London police station again in November, Prinsep said. Computer equipment seized in the searches is being forensically examined, she said.

    Cisco did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    The arrest marks a major breakthrough in the case, which involves the posting of more than 800MB of source code from Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) to a Russian Web site in May.

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