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[ISN] Judge rebukes 'World's No. 1 Hacker'

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Date: Tue Feb 01 2011 - 06:55:09 GMT

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
31st January 2011

[More backround on Gregory D. Evans / LIGATT Security from - WK]

A judge in Georgia has scolded a controversial security figure for
improperly subpoenaing Yahoo! and Twitter in an attempt to get user
names and passwords belonging to some 25 researchers.

Gregory D. Evans, CEO of Ligatt Security and the self-proclaimed
"World's No. 1 Hacker", sought the the highly personal information in a
lawsuit he brought last year accusing the researchers of bashing his
company's penny stock. Over the past year, shares have fallen from about
$2.80 to $0.0004, public information shows. Most of that precipitous
drop happened prior to claims that surfaced in June that huge chunks of
an e-book purportedly written by Evans were lifted from other hacking
manuals without the original authors' permission.

The suit named Chris John Riley, Ben Rothke, and other security
professionals who publicly claimed their works were plagiarized. Shortly
after it was filed, attorneys for Evans subpoenaed Yahoo! and Twitter
for information that included the defendants' usernames, passwords,
emails sent and received, and blog postings. Last week, the judge
hearing the case squashed the subpoenas and said they violated several
provisions of Georgia law.

“The court finds it extremely troubling that plaintiffs issued and
served subpoenas to which plaintiffs' counsel had no access for such a
long period of time,” Karen E. Beyers, superior court judge for
Georgia's Gwinnett County wrote. Under the Official Code of Georgia
Annotated, she said, Randolph Morris and the 24 other people named in
the suit were entitled to copies.


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