[ISN] Singaporean fined for cyber-theft, downloading porn

From: mea culpa (jerichot_private)
Date: Mon Jul 20 1998 - 13:49:59 PDT

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    SINGAPORE (July 20, 1998 08:34 a.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com)
    A Singaporean man who illicitly used another person's password to 
    surf the Internet for free and download obscene material has been 
    fined in the first case of its kind here, a report said Wednesday.
    Colin Phan Siang Loong, 21, was fined a total of $1,530 for 
    using an Internet account without permission, possession of 
    obscene films, and possession of a film not approved by 
    Singapore censors.
    Prosecutors said Phan was tutoring a student between March and 
    May 1997 when he found out the user name and password of his 
    pupil's elder sister, the Straits Times said.
    He ran up $244 dollars in Internet charges after using the 
    account to chat with his girlfriend in Canada. Phan also 
    downloaded obscene films and stored them in the hard disk 
    of his computer in violation of Singapore law.
    Phan's troubles are not over.
    The report said he could lose his freshman slot in the school 
    of law at the National University of Singapore because of 
    the case.
    The court rejected a defense plea for him to be put on probation
    because a conviction could disqualify him from taking up law.
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