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German Wikipedia banned

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Posted January 20, 2006 by admin in Internet

The content of the German version of the on-line enciclopedy Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.de) was banned on Thursday after a judicial desicion.

The German justice decided to banish the site’s content based on a lawsuite issued by the family of a hacker known as "Tron", who became famous due to the uncertain circumstances of his death – he was found hanged in a park in 1998. His parents sued the Wikipedia Foundation because the site revealed Tron’s real identity.

Tron was interested in defeating computer security mechanisms and broke, amongst other things, the security of the German phonecard by producing working clones. He was later sentenced to 15 months in jail for the theft of a public phone, but the sentence was suspended on probation.

User that access the site will find a note informing that the content is unavailable due to a judicial decision, but it is still possible to find information in Germany when going to the main website and clicking on the option "deutsch".

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