French court convicts American cyclis...

French court convicts American cyclist Floyd Landis over hacking into doping lab

There are 5 comments on the The Toronto Star story from Nov 10, 2011, titled French court convicts American cyclist Floyd Landis over hacking into doping lab. In it, The Toronto Star reports that:

A French court has convicted American cyclist Floyd Landis in absentia for his role in hacking into the computers of a French doping lab.

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Gus

Canada

#1 Nov 10, 2011
Shoulda been Jail time!
My Opinion_El Paso_Texas

El Paso, TX

#2 Nov 10, 2011
Not taking sides here since Floyd Landis did admit to cheating and using illegal drugs.

But, I didn't see that this article provided any evidence showing how and who actually did the hacking, considering that the tachnology at that time was more then capable of tracing to and identifying the hacker(s) in person.

Certainly am curious as to what's been happening in the Lance Armstrong investigation.
Raymond

Le Barcarès, France

#3 Nov 11, 2011
A brief comment! The saga continues after all these years!!

You guys have a good xmas and a happy new year.

But as we all know Floyd really was the fall-guy that exposed the scandall of those "behind" pro-cycling.

My kindest regards to Gus, MOEP and the rest. A great debate.

ps. Still turning the pedals.

Raymond.
Eric

La Terrasse, France

#4 Nov 12, 2011
Not taking sides either, and as a disclaimer, I'm French.
But I read several original news reports in French, some of them giving much more details.

The actual hacker was identified, is french, and worked for a shady security outfit.
He was found guilty of (and admitted to) several counts of computer intrusion, all of them performed as contracts for "customers"

The hacker himself got two years in prison plus a fine.

One of the offenses was against Greenpeace, and the evidence led back to the sponsors (managers at Electricite de France) who also got a prison sentence and a fine.

The other computer hacking offense was against the lab that had tested Landis samples during the tour de france and declared them highly suspicious. In that case, doctored versions of the stolen documents later appeared in Landis defense against the doping accusations, in a bid to damage the lab's credibility. Thus, it was established that Landis was somehow linked to the computer hack, and benefited from it, but it has not been shown (no money trail for example) that he was the sponsor of the attack. He nevertheless got a suspended sentence, not least because he declined to appear before the court.

Of course, Landis said that he had not been formally and properly notified that he was required to appear in court. But it is probably easy to dodge such notices issued from another jurisdiction, and Landis has already admitted that he is aware of an internationnal arrest warrant issued against him one year ago ... just as he finally admitted to having been using doping substances since 2002, after denying him for years.

Hope this clarifies
My Opinion_El Paso_Texas

United States

#5 Nov 13, 2011
Eric wrote:
Not taking sides either, and as a disclaimer, I'm French.
But I read several original news reports in French, some of them giving much more details.
The actual hacker was identified, is french, and worked for a shady security outfit.
He was found guilty of (and admitted to) several counts of computer intrusion, all of them performed as contracts for "customers"
The hacker himself got two years in prison plus a fine.
One of the offenses was against Greenpeace, and the evidence led back to the sponsors (managers at Electricite de France) who also got a prison sentence and a fine.
The other computer hacking offense was against the lab that had tested Landis samples during the tour de france and declared them highly suspicious. In that case, doctored versions of the stolen documents later appeared in Landis defense against the doping accusations, in a bid to damage the lab's credibility. Thus, it was established that Landis was somehow linked to the computer hack, and benefited from it, but it has not been shown (no money trail for example) that he was the sponsor of the attack. He nevertheless got a suspended sentence, not least because he declined to appear before the court.
Of course, Landis said that he had not been formally and properly notified that he was required to appear in court. But it is probably easy to dodge such notices issued from another jurisdiction, and Landis has already admitted that he is aware of an internationnal arrest warrant issued against him one year ago ... just as he finally admitted to having been using doping substances since 2002, after denying him for years.
Hope this clarifies
Thank you Eric and that helped very well along with reenergizing some of my memory cells.

Some of the info you provided here was shared here long ago and we had debated it then as well.

Some things we poor folks will never know the real truth to simply because we cannot rely on the news media!

Hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas!

Hopefully the new year will bring new things our way!

Cheers to all here,
Harry

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