10 Dec 2010

Chilean national fined over computer hacking

5:12 pm on 10 December 2010

A Chilean national who lives in New Zealand has appeared in court after admitting five charges related to computer hacking.

The man was sentenced in the Wellington District Court on five charges related to accessing company computer systems without authorisation in February and March this year.

The 24-year-old man is living in Wellington and has interim name suppression, pending an appeal.

The man's lawyer asked for a discharge without conviction, saying his client's offending was motivated in an effort to obtain employment and convictions could jeopardise his New Zealand work visa.

The Crown sought 18 months' jail, saying the offending involved a very real breach of trust.

Judge Josephine Bouchier said the man was relatively youthful and had entered early guilty pleas.

The judge convicted the man and imposed fines and costs of $2914.