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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 February, 2005, 12:46 GMT
Denial over tsunami 'hacking' bid
The Disasters Emergency Committee website
Mr Cuthbert denies hacking into the DEC website
A man has denied attempting to hack into a website set up to raise funds for victims of the Asian tsunami.

Daniel Cuthbert, 28, of Whitechapel, east London, is charged with one offence under the Computer Misuse Act.

He appeared at Horseferry Magistrates' Court on Thursday and denied attempting to secure unauthorised access to the site on New Year's Eve.

Mr Cuthbert was released on unconditional bail to appear at the same court on 7 April.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is expected to have raised 300m by the time it closes on 26 February.

Tens of thousands of people used its web pages to offer money to those caught in the Boxing Day tragedy.

The DEC says agencies on the ground felt they now have enough money to carry out their aid work.

Mr Cuthbert pleaded not guilty to causing a computer to perform a function which intended to secure unauthorised access to a program or data held in a computer.


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