Is the man to be prosecuted for spreading the panicky spam? Is the RF FSB's website in fact unprotected at all?
A correspondent of UralPolit.Ru reports that some 32-year-old man from the Russian city of Chelyabinsk posted information about more acts of terrorism being schemed in the USA right on the website of the Russian Federation Federal Security Service. That occurred at the end of 2004. The young man, whom Chelyabinsk doctors know as a mentally diseased patient, posted the “sensation” claiming he was number one terrorist Osama bin Laden.
It is reported that Internet providers managed to identify the hooligan within four hours; they found out the message had come from Chelyabinsk. An investigation has revealed that the man is registered at a local hospital as a patient suffering from schizophrenia. Soon, the police will consider institution of criminal proceedings against the man as based upon the RF Criminal Code clause #207 (deliberate spreading of misinformation about terrorist acts).
As soon as the information appeared, many people believed that was mere sabotage in a non-moderated forum of the FSB website. That often happens that official websites of governmental institutions run forums where any guest readily says what he wants, and there is no moderator to edit the publications. However, as it turned out later, there is no forum or even guestbook on the FSB website. In other words, the official website allows no opportunity for visitors to publish their personal messages. So, it means that UralPolit.Ru reported about hacking of the FSB website.
It may be even so that “Osama” from Chelyabinsk just addressed a message to some of the official emails published on the website. This is not a publication indeed, but it may be interpreted as a message about an act of terrorism and falls under the above-mentioned law.
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