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[FYI] Mattel/Cyber Patrol sues blocklist decoders
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- Subject: [FYI] Mattel/Cyber Patrol sues blocklist decoders
- From: Kristian Köhntopp <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 10:12:50 +0100
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Software Co. Sues Hackers
By TED BRIDIS, AP Technology Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A company that makes popular software to block
children from pornographic Internet sites filed an unusual
lawsuit late Wednesday against two computer experts who developed
a method for kids to deduce their parents' password and access
those Web sites.
Microsystems Software Inc. of Framingham, Mass., which sells
the widely used Cyber Patrol, asked U.S. District Judge Edward
F. Harrington for a temporary restraining order requiring Eddy
L. O. Jansson and Matthew Skala to stop distributing their
``cphack'' program immediately.
Skala, a Canadian graduate student in computer science, and
Jansson, believed to be living in Sweden, published over the
weekend on the Internet and in e-mail details about how to
circumvent the filter technology in Cyber Patrol, which sells
for about $30 and is widely used in many of the nation's
elementary schools and libraries.
Kristian Köhntopp, NetUSE Kommunikationstechnologie GmbH
Siemenswall, D-24107 Kiel, Germany, +49 431 386 436 00
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