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New Mexico teen charged in NASA computer attack
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2001 00:52:56 -0500 (CDT)


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (July 1, 2001 1:02 a.m. EDT) - Federal authorities
have accused an Albuquerque teenager of hacking into a NASA computer
at the Ames Research Center in Northern California.

Jason Schwab, 18, has been charged with computer abuse and conspiracy
to commit computer abuse, according to documents filed in Children's
Court in Bernalillo County.

NASA officials said the computer system was compromised during the
alleged attack in April 2000. They said files were modified and
illegal accounts were added.

Schwab "knowingly, willfully and without authorization, or having
obtained authorization, directly or indirectly altered, changed,
damaged, disrupted or destroyed any computer, computer network,
computer property, computer service or computer system ...," according
to a petition filed in court.

Schwab's attorney, Ted Martinez, said the teen is "a good and
honorable kid" who has graduated from high school and is working.

"Basically, his position is he took no part in the computer abuse,"
Martinez said. "We don't believe his involvement rises to the level of
a crime."

Assistant District Attorney Garry Breeswine declined to comment.

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