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Hacker cleared over abuse message



 
 
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Old June 9th 05, 07:36 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tees/4072892.stm

An angry hacker who recorded a rude message on a cable helpline for
other customers to hear has been found not guilty of causing offence.

Ashley Gibbins, 26, was so angry at being put on hold for an hour by
NTL that he recorded a message littered with four-letter swear words.

But Teesside magistrates cleared him of a charge under the
Communications Act ruling it was not "grossly offensive".

Mr Gibbins, a taxi driver of Redcar, told the court it had been a joke.

The court heard how Mr Gibbins had been waiting on the line to order
broadband when he discovered he could change the recorded message so
everyone who rang NTL customer service helpline was met with the stream
of abuse.

The new message told astonished callers that NTL did not care about its
customers and would not handle their complaints.

It was heard by customers across the East Midlands and the North East.

'Grossly offensive'

Mr Gibbins said he had meant it as a joke, but the prank backfired when
the cable firm complained to police and he was arrested.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Crown Prosecution Service said Mr Gibbins
accepted he had left the message but denied it was "grossly offensive".

She said: "Part of the issue was whether the defendant admitted leaving
the message on the phone.

"He did accept that he was responsible. The main question was whether
the message was deemed to be offensive or grossly offensive.

"The judiciary heard all the issues before them and they decided in
this particular instance that it was not grossly offensive."

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Old June 9th 05, 11:56 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Wireless Reader
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mark kelly wrote:

"The judiciary heard all the issues before them and they decided in
this particular instance that it was not grossly offensive."


Shame they didn't get to rule upon whether the comments about NTL's
service were true.
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Old June 9th 05, 12:37 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Another Dave
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mark kelly wrote:

Ashley Gibbins, 26, was so angry at being put on hold for an hour by
NTL that he recorded a message littered with four-letter swear words.


Apparently, all he did was accidentally press the asterisk button twice
and he was invited to overwrite NTL's own message.

Might be worth trying at ......

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