Is Cisco prosecution of VAR 'hacker' really persecution of a competitor?

Defendant in hacking case sued Cisco over 'anti-competitive' restrictions on third parties


"Canada was misled; the courts were misled," the Sun reported lawyer Marilyn Sandford telling the judge.

"Almost nothing in the U.S. Attorney's letter [requesting extradition] was true," she said.

Two months after Alfred-Adekeye was arrested, Cisco settled the lawsuit with both his companies. Both sides dropped their charges and paid their own legal costs.

Cisco also dropped the restrictive policies on SMARTnet software updates.

It didn't drop the charges against Alfred-Adekeye, despite his lawyer's assertion that using a former colleague's ID to download patches and other routine data is a trivial annoyance, not a criminal offense.

Alfred-Adekeye faces a 10-year prison term and $250,000 in fines in the U.S. if convicted.

Canadian and U.S. officials will get a chance to respond in court today after the defense finishes its case on the extradition.

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