Paris: A court in central France has
convicted a young Frenchman accused of infiltrating Twitter
and peeping at the account of President Barack Obama, and
given him a five-month suspended prison sentence.
The lawyer for Francois Cousteix, whose online name
was Hacker Croll, says his client was happy with yesterday
evening`s decision by the Clermont-Ferrand court. He risked up
to two years in prison for breaking into a data system.
Attorney Jean-Francois Canis said today by telephone
that "the verdict is satisfying, given all the media pressure
that built up."
Cousteix, in his early 20s, infiltrated Twitter, and
the accounts of Obama and singers Britney Spears and Lily
Allen but maintained his motives were good - to warn Internet
users about data security.