UK Honours probe - Police hacked No10 Downing Street Computers
- IMO - It is unclear if the act was "unauthorized remote computer
access using a computer and compromised login credentials(A hack)" or
not. Press sensationalization is going on here.
Ironically, the conventional belief (right or wrong) is that the
government (the state intelligence service - e.g. MI5, former-KGB,
CIA, BDN, DGSE, etc.) hacks into the data assets of constituents, not
the police hacking into government computers to gather evidence
against seated majority party members.
All confunding issues aside, the new is still interesting.
Honours probe police hacked No10 computers
By Andrew Alderson, Chief Reporter and Patrick Hennessy, Political
Editor, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 12:36am GMT 22/01/2007
Legal experts say that high-level authorisation similar to the
granting of a search warrant is needed for remote accessing of
computers. Neither Scotland Yard nor the Home Office would confirm
that such permission had been given in the cash-for-honours case, but
there is no suggestion that any officer acted illegally or improperly.
The investigators did not have to notify No 10 if they were "hacking"
into its system. One legal expert said: "In some cases, a senior
officer can give permission. In other cases, you might need the
authorisation of an independent commissioner, who is usually a retired
judge appointed by the Home Office."