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How do you illegally log a rainforest? With hackers
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 12 December 2008 12:18
Brazil has turned to tech as a way to stem rampant logging in its Amazonian rainforests but, instead of logging less wood, "creative" logging companies simply hired hackers to make their permits look legal.

By Nate Anderson | Published: December 12, 2008 - 12:15PM CT
ARS Technica

Deforestation isn't usually thought of as a technical issue, but the Brazilian state of Pará has launched an online system for issuing permits to logging companies. The system tracks their total output and simply refuses to issues more permits, which are checked when the wood is hauled out in trucks.

According to Greenpeace, though, corruption was widespread. A Brazilian federal prosecutor is set to announce today that more than 107 companies hired hackers to game the permit site in order to generate more permits for timber removal. The government will seek a US$833 million fine for the behavior.   [Comments...]

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