February 15, 2001 |
Dutch police arrested a hacker known as "OnTheFly," a 20-year-old man who said he wrote a computer virus that backed up e-mail systems worldwide by purporting to offer a photograph of tennis star Anna Kournikova. Authorities charged him with damaging private property and computer programs and turned him over to his parents, saying the offense didn't warrant holding him. A prosecutor will decide whether to seek a jail sentence or a fine.
November 27, 1988
I am a senior computer science major at Loyola Marymount University, and am appalled at the congratulatory tone of your article on computer hackers ("The Hacker's World" by Paul Ciotti, Nov. 14). Most anyone would admit that I am very much "caught up in computing for the sake of computing," as Doug Schafer of Caltech put it. However, I possess a quality that all of these hackers lack: a sense of professionalism and of ethics. If a misguided teen were to take his parents' (let alone someone else's)
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September 28, 1996
A Bay Area executive indicted for helping notorious hacker Kevin Mitnick in a computer crime spree surrendered in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Friday and was released on $100,000 bond. Lewis DePayne, a former Burbank and Pasadena resident, was described by his attorney as an "innocent, tax-paying" man who was accused only because of his longtime friendship with Mitnick. DePayne, a computer systems manager for a large Newark, Calif.
February 15, 2003 |
Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, filed a lawsuit that claims unnamed users accessed its computer servers and "harvested" a list of Hotmail e-mail addresses to send spam. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft alleges users trespassed into Microsoft's servers in Mountain View, Calif., in September and stole the Hotmail addresses to send unsolicited e-mails. The firm said it will amend its suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, to name the culprits once they are known.
February 24, 2000 |
A college student in Boston broke into military and government computers, gained control of a NASA system and interrupted business at an Internet service provider in a nationwide hacking outburst, federal prosecutors alleged. Ikenna Iffih, 28, a student at Northeastern University, was charged with three counts related to hacking that carry up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Prosecutors said there was no disruption to the nation's defenses and no meddling with satellite control.
October 16, 1985
A 21-year-old computer whiz from UCLA today was placed on probation for three years and ordered to undertake 600 hours of community service for having illegally tapped into an international computer network linking research agencies and the U.S. Defense Department. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gordon Ringer imposed the sentence on Santa Monica resident Ronald Mark Austin, who was convicted in June of 12 felony counts for having broken into the systems with his home computer.
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June 18, 1997 |
A federal judge indicated this week that she plans to sentence famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick to 22 months in prison for cellular phone fraud and violating his probation from an earlier computer crime conviction. The sentencing Monday is only a small part of Mitnick's legal problems. Still pending against him is a 25-count federal indictment accusing him of stealing millions of dollars in software during an elaborate hacking spree while he was a fugitive.
June 9, 2001 |
For at least 17 days at the height of the energy crisis, hackers mounted an attack on a computer system that is integral to the movement of electricity throughout California, a confidential report obtained by The Times shows. The hackers' success, though apparently limited, brought to light lapses in computer security at the target of the cyber-attack, the California Independent System Operator, which oversees most of the state's massive electricity transmission grid.
April 29, 1986 |
Federal authorities have launched an investigation throughout the eastern two-thirds of the country in what they say is the first known instance of deliberate interference with a satellite-TV broadcast. Persons familiar with the case said Monday that a 4-minute pirate broadcast that broke into the eastern feed of Home Box Office Inc. early Sunday morning appeared to have come from a professional satellite transmission station .
February 18, 1995 |
Looking solemn and haggard and not at all the romantic digital outlaw, computer hacker Kevin Mitnick appeared in federal court Friday and waived his right to bail, receiving in return carefully monitored use of a telephone in jail. "Yes, Your Honor," Mitnick, 31, replied glumly when asked by the judge if he understood the legal consequences of his actions.