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Web security breach nets ‘Samaritan’ a fine

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A man who discovered a security hole in a newspaper Web site and brought it to the attention of the publisher was given three years probation and fined $1,000.

Brian West, 24, of Stigler, admitted he downloaded protected files from the Poteau Daily News & Sun's Web site in February 2000.

His case drew attention on the Internet, where he was portrayed as a good Samaritan.

But U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling said West went beyond just discovering a security problem.

He said West continued to probe the site after noticing the flaw, downloading proprietary files and passwords and using the passwords to gain access to other parts of the newspaper's Web page.