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Another NASA Hacker Indicted

Monday, December 04, 2006 by Salman Siddiqui

It happened in 2001-02 and its happened again. Then, it was the UK hacker Gary McKinnon. He was later extradited to US.

Now its a Romanian man who was indicted Thursday for allegedly breaking into more than 150 U.S. government computers. Victor Faur, 26, lead a "White Hat Team" to hack into the computers as they are said to be the most secure around the world.

"After hacking into and taking control of the government computers, Faur allegedly caused the compromised machines to display screens that flaunted the computer intrusion," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Faur is charged with conspiracy and nine counts of computer intrusion. If convicted of all counts, he faces up to 54 years in federal prison, the prosecutors said.

The breached computers were used to collect and process data from spacecraft. Because of the break-ins, systems had to be rebuilt and scientists and engineers had to manually communicate with spacecraft, resulting in $1.36 million in losses for NASA and nearly $100,000 in losses for the Energy Department and the Navy, prosecutors said.
Seems like everyone has been busy hacking while I was busy blogging!

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