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November 27, 2012
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Alleged computer hacker gets bail extension

Ronald Oates, the man believed to be the major player behind a computer hacking ring, had his bail extended until January 22 in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The matter was rescheduled as investigations are still ongoing.

Oates is accused of hacking into the computers and other devices of unsuspecting persons and removing explicit photos.

He is charged with offences under the Cyber Crimes Act and the Larceny Act.

He is charged with two counts of unlawfully making available data for the commission of an offence, two counts of unauthorised obstruction, three counts of obscene publication and three counts of unauthorised access.

He is also charged with three counts of conspiracy to extort, and three counts of extortion.

It is further alleged that he extorted money from persons whose photos he threatened to post on the Internet. As a condition of his bail, Oates is ordered to stay away from computers, the internet and high-tech mobile telephones.

On his prior appearance before the court, Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser also imposed a curfew order between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

In addition, Oates was ordered to report daily to the Rollingon Town police between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

He was also ordered to surrender his travel documents and a stop order was placed on him.

Following months of investigation, Oates was arrested at his St Andrew home on August 27 during a raid by the police.

The police say during the operation they recovered several computers, cellphones, wireless modems, thumb drives and telephone SIM cards.

Police investigators say hundreds of persons have been affected by the scam. He is being represented by attorney- at-law Zara Lewis.

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