[ISN] DirecTV Hacker Is First Person Convicted Under Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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Date: Tue Sep 23 2003 - 08:01:59 PDT

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    September 22, 2003
    LOS ANGELES -- In what prosecutors say was the first jury conviction
    ever under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a Florida man was
    convicted in Los Angeles of selling hardware used to pirate DirecTV
    Thomas Michael Whitehead, 38, of Boca Raton, was found guilty of one
    count of conspiracy, two counts of selling unlawful decryption devices
    and three counts of violating the DMCA, Assistant U.S. Attorney James
    Spertus said.
    Whitehead faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $2.75
    million when he is sentenced Jan. 26 by U.S. District Judge Christina
    Spertus said Whitehead -- also known as Jungle Mike -- paid a
    co-conspirator $250 a month to continually update software to
    circumvent the latest DirecTV security measures. Whitehead then used
    the software to create and sell modified DirecTV access cards, the
    prosecutor said.
    The conduct violated the DMCA, which bars trafficking in technology
    primarily designed to get around security measures to access a
    copyrighted work.
    Whitehead was indicted earlier this year as part of Operation Decrypt,
    an undercover FBI investigation that targeted computer programmers and
    hardware manufacturers who distribute devices used to steal signals
    from DirecTV and DISH Network.
    Several other defendants in the case previously pleaded guilty to
    various charges, including violations of the DMCA, Spertus said.
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