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Accused hacker charged

Published: Wednesday February 6, 2013 | 8:59 am Comments 0
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn - File.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn - File.

Paula Llewellyn, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says her office is taking steps to safeguard computer systems in her office againsthackers.

The development follows the appearance in court yesterday of a man accused of hacking into computers at the Office of the Director of PublicProsecutions.

She says immediately after being informed by the police of the incident last week, she began having dialogue with justice ministry officials for immediate steps to be taken to safeguard the integrity of herfiles.

The accused hacker is 29-year-old Phillpot Martin and he is charged under the Cyber CrimeAct.

Martin is also facing charges of unauthorised access to a computer programme or data and unlawful possession of a computer for the commission of anoffence.

The Crown is alleging that on January 25 this year, the police received information and went to Martin's home in the Kingston 8area.

The police conducted a search of the premises and removed several computer items including hard drives andlaptops.

The items were taken to the Organised Crime Investigation Division and an analysis of one of the hard drives wasdone.

It was discovered that the hard drive contained documents which included work files belonging to an assistant director at the office of the DPP.

The prosecutor said he did not authorise anyone to access thefiles.

Martin, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Nadine Atkinson Flowers has been remandedto return to court on March4.

Martin was first charged in 2009 with larceny of $10 million worth of calling in cards from Digicel while he was a computer science student at the University ofTechnology.

He was accused of hacking into Digicel's computersystem.

The matter is pending incourt.

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