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Identity theft

A Maine court has ruled that a victim of identity theft can force a cable ISP to release the name of an anonymous Internet poster. The anonymous person used the victim’s name to send e-mails designed to embarrass the victim. The court ruled that the state’s identity theft law trumped a 1984 statute prohibiting cable companies from releasing the names of subscribers. (Ronald Fitch v. John or Jane Doe #1, Maine Supreme Judicial Court, No. 2005 ME 39, 2005)

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