Fine for man who leaked BNP membership list

Graham Cluley

Regular readers of the Clu-blog will recall that in November 2008 we discussed the leaking onto the internet of a list of 12,000 names and addresses belonging to members of the British National Party (BNP).

Widespread online publication of the list caused panic amongst BNP members – as many people in the UK believe the political party’s views to be racist (a claim rejected by BNP leader Nick Griffin who has claimed that racism in the United Kingdom is “overwhelmingly directed” at whites like himself).

Yesterday, in a court in Nottingham, a former senior official in the BNP pleaded guilty to leaking the sensitive information online and was fined £200 and ordered to pay £100…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.