MAURITIUS: CCID ARREST SUSPECT IN CONNECTION WITH INTERNET OUTAGE
The deposition made by Mauritius Telecom's legal team after an internal enquiry into an internet outage over two days is beginning to bear fruit. The IT Unit of the Central Criminal Investigation last week arrested Vishel Ramessur, a 30 year old who has worked for Mauritius Telecom for seven years as a Senior Network Technician.
The charges against the accused are "access without authorisation to a compter system with the intention of causing harm" according to the terms of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act 2002. The offence carries a penalty of up to 20 years in jail and maximum fine of MR200,000.
At the start of the week Mauritius telecom thought the outage was a system fault but had concluded by Tuesday that human intervention was involved in the breakdown on the Asynchronous Transfer Mode exchange in Port-Louis. It resulted in a loss for around 6,000-60,000 dial-up subscribers and all ADSL subcribers and leased line users.