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Anti-fascist hackers crack Blood and Honour site

Anti-fascist computer hackers say they have broken into one of the world’s biggest Neo Nazi internet sites and copied details of more than 30,000 members.

Anti-fascist hackers crack Blood and Honour site
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The Blood and Honour organization has been banned in Germany since 2000, but links to around 500 Germans were found on the group’s server, said the hackers on Friday.

The “Daten-Antifa” group told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper that it had taken a “carefully planned cloak and dagger operation” to crack the Blood and Honour network’s members-only, password-protected area.

They hope to prove links between legal far right extremists such as NPD members and the illegal Blood and Honour group.

They also took the “Red-Watch” list, on which the Blood and Honour registers their political opponents, recording names and addresses.

It has so far been difficult to prove that Blood and Honour has continued to operate in Germany, Günther Hoffmann from the Centre for Democratic Culture told the paper.

“It would of course be a huge hit on the organized far right scene if it were proven that the German Blood and Honour division still existed.”

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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