A COMPUTER hacker famed for accessing secret documents held by defence organisations yesterday gave Northern Ireland businesses an insight into the world of Internet security.
Matthew Bevan, alias Kuji, once accused of breaking into sensitive computers belonging to the US Airforce and Lockheed Space and Missile Company, was in Belfast with a number of leading IT security experts attending a business seminar.
The event, organised by nevada tele. com, the recently established locally based telecommunications and Internet company, was held to alert businesses in the Province about the importance of security in Internet and e-commerce and offer practical advice to ensure web and IT security.
Mr Bevan, from Cardiff, was arrested in June 1996 at the age of 21, accused of breaching a number of high profile computer systems.
It was suspected he had been coaching another UK hacker, Richard Pryce, who was arrested in 1994 for the same crimes.
The two faced the charges together and in pre-trial hearings the prosecution eventually offered "No Evidence" leading to a full acquittal and not guilty verdicts being recorded in 1997. …