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SA hacker accused in court

27 September 2013, 11:43

Cape Town - A woman accused of hacking the internet system of Parliament's operations officer appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday.

Cleopatra Mosana was not asked to plead to 33 alleged violations of legislation involving the protection of internet-related communications.

Prosecutor Juan Agulhas told the court her lawyer, Greg Duncan, was in the process of making representations to his office for the withdrawal of the charges.

The matter was postponed to 15 November.

Duncan asked that Mosana be excused from attending the November proceedings, as she now lived in Centurion.

The magistrate said a warrant for her arrest would be authorised in the normal manner if she failed to attend.

It would, however, only be executed if she again failed to attend the next hearing after the November one.

Alleged hacking

According to the charge sheet, Mosana allegedly hacked Tango Lamani's internet system between April and June 2011.

The charge sheet said Lamani had highly confidential and sensitive information, as well as personal information, stored on his parliamentary computer.

The charge sheet said "hacking" was a term used by computer literates, and meant to gain access via the internet, into another system, without the authority or permission of the owner of the other system.

According to the charge sheet, Parliament's IT department informed Lamani that his system had been hacked.

The charge sheet said Mosana was at that stage in the employ of home affairs in Cape Town, where one of the "infringing" computers was located.



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