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NASA hacker 'rolex' jailed for four months
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2001 02:01:55 -0500 (CDT)


By John Leyden
Posted: 06/09/2001 at 13:52 GMT

A hacker has received a four month prison sentence for breaking into
servers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Associated Press reports that Raymond Torricelli, 20, from New York,
was also asked to pay a fine of $4,400 to the space agency after
pleading guilty to the 1998 crime.

At the time of his arrest, we reported that Torricelli was accused of
breaking into two computer systems owned by NASA's JPL in order send
spam on behalf of pornographic Web sites.

Torricelli, whose hacker alias was 'rolex', even moderated the hacker
channel "#conflict" using the JPL labs systems, according to the
original complaint.

The prolific hacker was suspected of breaking into 800 other computers
(including those of Georgia Southern and San Jose State Universities)
and stealing credit card details to make an estimated $10,000 worth of
unauthorised purchases.

It's not the first time someone has gone to jail for hacking into the
space agency's servers, which have historically been a popular target
for hackers.

The courts are taking a tough line on such s'kidies; hack NASA and go
to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

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