Teen hacker to do time

The US Department of Justice has announced the first instance of a convicted juvenile hacker having to serve time for acts of juvenile delinquency.

          The US Department of Justice last week announced the first instance of a convicted juvenile hacker having to serve time for acts of juvenile delinquency.

          The 16-year-old Miami resident pleaded guilty to hacking crimes and is to serve six months in a detention facility. Going by the name "cOmrade" on the Internet, the young man owned up to a number of computer intrusions dating from Aug. 23, 1999 to Oct. 27, 1999.

          He made his way into a military computer network used by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He also gained unauthorised access to a server located in Dulles, Va., and installed back-door access to the server, according to a Justice Department statement.

          The Miami hacker, whose name was not released, also accessed 13 NASA computers located at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He retrieved and downloaded proprietary software from NASA worth around $1.7 million.

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