"and for accessing a protected computer without authorization to commit fraud."
I understand the commiting fraud part, but how is a computer on a P2P network with a certain folder set to be share (not a hidden option to change btw) accessing without authorization? Also LimeWire is for semi-intelligent people not sophisticated people, my 11 year old niece knows how to change the shared folder to a separate one in LimeWire and other P2P programs.
He should goto jail for what he did, but saying he accessed a protected computer (not possible running a P2P program really) without authorization is just saying you don't know how the program works.
The fact that he used this information to do illegal things is deserving of criminal punishment. However, tacking on the charge of accessing a protected system is bogus. Sharing files via P2P is like posting on your MySpace page or twittering. It's there for everyone to see and its YOUR responsibility to protect it if it's important (heck, if its important, don't post it in the first place).
Jesus christ, I really think most people don't know EVERYONE has access to the SAME internet. Like that dumbass wife of the head of the CIA who kept posting the exact locations of her family on Facebook. Gee, you think the head of the CIA might have an enemy or two? Maybe make it a little harder to find and murder your family next time.
[citation][nom]redgarl[/nom]In Canada, Vincent Lacrois, who stole near 125 000 000$ got a single year of prison... Something is wrong here...[/citation]
As long as it is $1 under 5mil you goto a low security pen... Everyone, never steal over 5mil or expect to have a GF named Buba.
[citation][nom]thepetey[/nom]If your dumb enough to put your tax returns/bank information in a folder called "My Shared Documents/Limewire Shared Files", you deserve anything that happens to you.The more I read Toms, the more i realize how many idiots there are out there.[/citation]
Youre right, this user is a complete and total moron for making his information so easy to obtain, but it wasnt the viewing of the documents that got him arrested. It was him using that information "to open accounts, make purchases, and create identification cards" that got him arrested. Your neighbor would be a complete moron to leave his front door open, but if he does, its still illegal to steal everything from his house.