[ISN] Hacker convicted in extortion scheme against Bloomberg

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Date: Wed Feb 26 2003 - 22:56:44 PST

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    The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (February 26, 2003 6:32 p.m. EST) - A jury Wednesday
    convicted a Kazakhstan man of trying to extort $200,000 from Mayor
    Michael Bloomberg by threatening to reveal secrets stolen from
    Bloomberg's financial information company.
    Bloomberg was the star witness against computer hacker Oleg Zezov, 29.
    Zezov, who yelled obscenities at prosecutors and made other outbursts
    during his trial, drooped his head as the verdict was read. The
    computer specialist could get 20 years in prison at sentencing May 23.
    The extortion scheme took place before Bloomberg was elected mayor.
    Prosecutors said Zezov sent Bloomberg e-mails claiming he had full
    access to his company's computer system. Bloomberg met Zezov in London
    in 2000 in a sting set up by law enforcement authorities. Zezov was
    arrested at the meeting.
    Robert Baum, Zezov's lawyer, argued that his client was merely trying
    to be paid for alerting Bloomberg to a security flaw in the computer
    Baum said he will appeal on the grounds that the jury was prejudiced
    by Zezov's outbursts.
    Bloomberg, estimated to be worth $4 billion, resigned as chief
    executive of Bloomberg LP after he was elected mayor in 2001.
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