A former Intel contractor has seen his conviction for hacking into the company's computer systems nixed, following a legal battle lasting more than ten years.
According to US newswire reports, Randal Schwartz had his arrest and conviction for by-passing Intel security systems set aside by the courts last month.
Schwartz was arrested way back in 1993 after using an application called `Crack' to discover passwords of various former colleagues in the Intel Supercomputer Systems Division (SSD).
Schwartz had reportedly left Intel SSD operation under something of a cloud, and told the court he decided to crack the Intel passwords to show that the firm's security had gone downhill since he had left, and to re-establish the respect he said he had lost when he left the company.
Towards the end of 1995, Schwartz was convicted of three counts of computer crime and handed down 480 hours of community service, five years on probation and ordered to pay Intel $68,000 compo.
Oh yes, and his legal tab came to $170,000.
Schwartz argued later that his conviction was unfair, as he had not intended to cause any malicious damage. After an appeal, the $68,0000 compo was dropped in 1999.
In October 2006, Schwartz appealed for clemency from a Democratic governor who had already granted a few pardons.
Aha - call me picky, but it isn't an appeal, but an expungement as a result of an appeal for clemency.
The result is the same, but the legal reasoning is quite different from having the conviction quashed...