August 23, 2001

Inept would-be cracker gets three years in jail

Author: JT Smith

The Register: "A man has been convicted of blackmail after he threatened to hack into the
computers of Barclays Bank unless he was paid £200 000.

Bungling blackmailer Stuart Kearns, 24, faces three years in prison after threatening
the collapse of the computer system in the Barclays branch in Beckenham High
Street and others in Barclays' network unless the bank complied with his extortion
demands."

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