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Danville exec arrested for allegedly hacking competitor

Original post made on May 15, 2019

Taking the term food fight to a whole new level, an executive at the Danville based Choicelunch, has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into a competitor’s website, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

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Comments (7)

Posted by Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on May 15, 2019 at 6:21 am

If all he did was access there information then what is the harm.
Facebook, Google and any app you download has an agreement these days that gives them permission to own your information.
Not only that, they all use it to track your location. To make it worse the patriot act gave america the right to spy on anyone they wish. Its hard to see this as a crime when it is done daily for so called marketing and protection of the people. If he was a big corporation they would not even bother him, the would probably just want a copy of what information he had. Way to set the example america!

Posted by Alamo Joe
a resident of Alamo
on May 16, 2019 at 3:23 pm

@Resident...surely you're joking. It's no different than someone picking the lock on your front door while you were out and rifling through your house looking at your things. While there, the person found your passwords, your Social Security number, saw pics of your naked spouse, and got to look at all of your financials. Wouldn't you feel violated? Of course you would.

It's the same as breaking and entering, regardless of whether anything was taken. That's why it's wrong. And why he was arrested.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on May 17, 2019 at 6:19 am

@Joe...That is the whole point Joe! You nailed it!
It is a crime! Yet Facebook, Google the government (to name a few) have already picked your locks via your computer and your own cameras installed in and around your home. Yet everyone seems to find this acceptable. They steal your social security, they steal your passwords, they steal naked pictures of your wife. Not only that, the contracts say they now own that information and own those pictures. I feel violated everyday in this world and its a shame more people do not.

Posted by AlamoMom
a resident of Alamo
on May 17, 2019 at 7:18 pm

Wow! I am absolutely blown away at the number of people who see Mr.Cosbey's actions as okay.

This is the community that we are raising our children in. What horrible examples are being set for them. Nobody gave him permission to hack into another company's computer information. This is not the same as Facebook. We have a choice to use Facebook, or any other Social Media. We are aware of the fact that they harvest our information. We do not need to continue using FB or other sites, but these days, a company can be successful without the use of a computer.

Worse than his act, is the opinion that this is okay, since it is similar to Facebook and Google. In the nearly 20 years that we have lived here, I have observed so much blatant disregard for the law. This includes everything from illegal parking to embezzlement. It is not that hard to follow the law.

Please people. Rethink your values. Live with integrity.

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on May 18, 2019 at 4:56 am

Res, I normally agree with you about politics; however, this is not about politics, it’s about the law.

California Penal Code Section 502(c) PC, makes it very clear regarding the crime of hacking. The suspect, according to the brief amount of information listed here, gained unauthorized access into a computer system. The question is why? Was it to: damage, delete, destroy, defraud, or extort a victim?

And BTW... You have the option of not using Facebook and Google. The data that they collect from you is not considered hacking because you gave them permission to access certain features when you created the account.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on May 20, 2019 at 7:01 am

Hex, say i created a contract that said it was OK for me to take possession of your house, own the title to your car, etc and you signed it giving me permission to do so. That does not mean it is a legal or a binding contract. My point is why do we allow business and/or government to take away our rights daily and yet then, allow them to hold us accountable to laws they break daily. They force us to upgrade, meaning we have to sign the contract or we cannot succeed in this world. If we are going to hold Keith accountable we should as a people hold big business and the ones we supposedly voted on to represent us accountable as well. We are a double standard society and wonder why people miss behave, whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on May 20, 2019 at 9:51 pm

Yeah, I see your point. But are you talking about the government or private entity?

The suspect gained unauthorized access into someone's computer/server. In order for the government to do that, they would need a warrant.

Facebook's terms of agreement clearly state that anything you post becomes property of Facebook. You have to agree to the terms of agreement to use Facebook.

The essential differences between a contract and an agreement are minor. ... A contract is a legally binding agreement reached between two parties, the terms of which the courts have the authority and obligation to enforce. An agreement is a less formal creation of an obligation between the two parties.

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