Parliament hacking suspect in court

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Cape Town - A woman accused of hacking into the computer of Parliament's chief operations officer appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court, Cape Town, on Wednesday.

Cleopatra Mosana, who failed to appear in court at her previous appearance, would be back in court on February 20, a court official said.

She was out on a warning. A warrant of arrest would have been authorised had she not appeared in court following her no-show on November 15.

Mosana faces 33 charges of violating legislation involving the protection of internet-related communications.

In September, prosecutor Juan Agulhas told the court Mosana's lawyer Greg Duncan had asked that she be excused from attending the November proceedings as she now lived in Centurion, Pretoria.

According to the charge sheet, Mosana allegedly hacked into Tango Lamani's work computer between April and June 2011.

According to the charge sheet, Lamani had confidential and sensitive information, and personal information, on his parliamentary computer.

Hacking describes the gaining of access via the internet into another system, without the permission of the other system's owner.

According to the charge sheet, Parliament's IT department informed Lamani that his system had been hacked. Mosana was at that stage in the employ of home affairs in Cape Town, where one of the “infringing” computers was located.

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