Civil servants charged with hacking press agency
Four people are to be charged with hacking into the computer system of Dutch press agency GPD.
14 December 2007
AMSTERDAM - Four people - three of whom current employees of the Netherlands' Social Affairs Ministry - are to be charged with hacking into the computer system of Dutch press agency GPD, the country's public prosecution office said Thursday.
Thomas Bruning, general-secretary of the Dutch journalists' association NVJ was pleased with the decision, adding the NVJ had "encouraged the public prosecutor to take action."
On 5 November GPD accused social affairs civil servants of having hacked into its computer system for several months.
The three civil servants - two of whom were former GPD journalists - accessed the GPD computers with a username and password provided by another former GPD employee.
The three civil servants allegedly also tried to manipulate news stories.
If found guilty, the four face a maximum of four years imprisonment.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news