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RE: Firing (and Hiring) Hackers
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2001 03:04:41 -0500 (CDT)

Forwarded from: Jacobson <jacobson () ist-usa com>

Karp doesn't understand.  The Wiest case is not about hacking.  It is
about dishonorable conduct by a prospective military officer.

Bob Jacobson

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Subject: [ISN] Firing (and Hiring) Hackers


By Jack Karp
October 2, 2001

In March of 1999, Chris Wiest was dishonorably discharged from the
United States Air Force Academy after being convicted by a military
court of "illegally accessing a computer system and causing damage."

Wiest's court-martial and discharge stemmed from the fact that Wiest
had been using his Air Force computer to access Internet Relay Chat
(IRC), an application that allows multiple users to chat interactively
with one another through a single server. But because of security
concerns, the Air Force Academy had prohibited the use of IRC among
its cadets.

Wiest admits he chose to do it anyway.

"I made a decision that, yes, I'll do this and I'll accept the risks
that go with it and, if I get caught, I am quite sure that I will be
out on the tour pad marching some tours and paying the consequences
for the choice of my actions," Wiest told "CyberCrime."


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