Cautionary Tale

Conor McGrath conormc at
Tue Jan 22 20:50:47 GMT 2002

That story, while still useful as a cautionary tale, is somewhat out of
date.  As of Jan. 17 Mr. McOwen and his attorneys had reached a deal with
the Georgia prosecutor:

"Under the terms of the deal, announced today, McOwen will receive one
year of probation for each criminal count, to run concurrently, make
restitution of $2100, and perform 80 hours of community service
unrelated to computers or technology.  McOwen will have no felony or
misdemeanor record under Georgia's First Offender Act."

If you want to read the whole press release see


Lucy E. Lynch once said:
> Lucy E. Lynch 				Academic User Services
> Computing Center			University of Oregon
> llynch at		(541) 346-1774/Cell: 912-7998
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 23:08:56 +0200
> From: Bretton Vine <bretton at>
> Reply-To: legal at
> To: legal at
> Subject: [] The crime of distributed computing
> By Ann Harrison
> A college computer technician who offered his school's unused computer
> processing power for an encryption research project will be tried next
> month in Georgia for computer theft and trespassing charges that carry
> a potential total of 120 years in jail.


Conor McGrath                                           Phone: (773)702-7611
Network Security Officer                                Fax:   (773)702-0559
Network Security Center, The University of Chicago

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