http://news.com.com/2100-7349-5107409.html By Reuters November 13, 2003 A Los Angeles-area man has been fined and sentenced to community service for hacking into the Web site of satellite TV network Al-Jazeera during the U.S.-led war in Iraq and rerouting visitors to a page featuring an American flag and the motto "let freedom ring.'' At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Howard Matz told Web designer John William Racine II: "I don't think of you as an evil person...but this was a crime. It wasn't just a childish prank." Matz sentenced Racine, 24, to 1,000 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine. Racine, also known as John Buffo, vowed to the judge that he would never do such a thing again. Prosecutors said the Qatar-based Arabic television broadcaster did not respond to U.S. government inquiries about whether the hacking caused it any financial losses. Racine posed as an Al-Jazeera employee to get a password to the network's site, then redirected visitors to a page he created that showed an American flag shaped like a U.S. map and the patriotic motto, court documents said. In June, Racine pleaded guilty to wire fraud and unlawful interception of an electronic communication. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomo@private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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