[ISN] Top Argentine Court Wants Law Against Hackers

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Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 00:08:12 PDT

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    By Reuters, 5/7/2002    
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Argentina's Supreme Court wants
    legislation to outlaw computer hacking after rights activists
    allegedly vandalized its own Web site but escaped punishment because
    no law covers digital attacks.
    A federal court threw out a case in April against a group of hackers,
    known as the ''X-Team,'' who were charged with defacing the site in
    1998 with accusations the South American nation's top judges covered
    up the murder of a journalist.
    Argentine law covers only crimes on ''people, things and animals'' but
    not cyber assaults, according to the ruling.
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the case did ''harm to the
    administration of justice'' in a formal request it sent to the
    government for an anti-hacking law that would send perpetrators to
    The ''X-Team'' was also accused of posting on the court's site photos
    of the murdered magazine journalist, Jose Luis Cabezas, whose case has
    been a cause celebre among groups claiming top Argentine officials
    cover up human rights abuses.
    Cabezas was found dead and his body charred into blackened bones
    during a 1997 probe into Alfredo Yabran, a business tycoon with links
    to then-President Carlos Menem. Yabran later committed suicide after a
    judge ordered his arrest.
    April's ruling exposed the cyber hole in Argentine legislation,
    underscoring the need for a law that would protect Web site
    productions in a nation that has been one of Latin America's Internet
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