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Hacker Held in Breach at Naval Base

January 17, 2006|From Reuters

Spain's Civil Guard said Monday that it had arrested a man who hacked into a U.S. Defense Department computer, breaching security at a naval base in San Diego.

The man was part of a group of hackers who attacked more than 100 computer systems, including one at the Navy's Point Loma base, where nuclear submarines are maintained in dry docks.

U.S. security services found someone had illegally accessed the computer and subsequently traced the link to Spain.

Spanish authorities pinpointed the group in the southern city of Malaga and arrested one man. Many in the group were students, though all were older than 18.

"They did it for the challenge; there's no implication of terrorism," a Civil Guard spokesman said, adding that the man would face unspecified charges.

The Civil Guard did not say when the arrest or the hacking took place.

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