Wednesday, May 06, 2009

21 year old Swede charged for hacking into NASA

Another NASA hacker note - this guy was not Ufo disclosure motivated but it highlights Gary's case again and just how vulnerable Nasa's systems were.

A 21-year-old Swede was indicted on charges of hacking into the computer systems of NASA and US networking giant Cisco, the US Justice Department said.

Philip Gabriel Pettersson, also known as "Stakkato," was indicted on charges of intrusion and misappropriating trade secrets, the Justice Department said in a statement.

He allegedly broke into computers belonging to the US space agency NASA's Ames Research Center and the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division in Moffett Field, California, in May and October of the same year.

The Justice Department did not provide Pettersson's current whereabouts but said it will "continue to work cooperatively with the Swedish authorities on the case."

Investigators believe Stakkato wanted to brag about the stolen passwords in chatrooms. But other hackers may have more dangerous motives.

"If you find a kid who has done this, there will be people with economic and military motives who have done it and are not bragging,".
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