Lee Speigel - AOL News
(Dec. 3) -- When Gary McKinnon decided to try to find secret UFO files, he did what any curious computer expert would do: He hacked into nearly 100 military and NASA computers until he was finally caught. Eight years later, the Scottish systems administrator awaits his legal fate.
As controversy swirls around WikiLeaks, the website that this week released secret diplomatic cables without authorization, one of the documents in question contains information about McKinnon, whose lengthy extradition case still has the U.K. buzzing, The Guardian newspaper reports.
McKinnon, 44, who suffers from...
Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
David Kernell, the college student e-mail hacker who got into Sarah Palin's account during the 2008 presidential campaign, was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in prison for his crime. But the judge said Kernell could do the time in a halfway house.
Kernell, who was 20 and attending the University of Tennessee at the time of his offense, was convicted in April of unauthorized access to a computer and obstruction of justice by destroying records. He was acquitted of wire fraud.
U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips in Knoxville put aside prosecutors' call for an 18-month sentence and...
David Knowles - AOL News
(Nov. 12) -- Guessing another person's password may not be as hard as it sounds, but the punishment for doing so is anything but easy.
Former University of Tennessee economics major David Kernell was sentenced to one year in federal custody and three years' probation after being found guilty of hacking into Sarah Palin's private e-mail account in 2008.
Kernell told the court that he had guessed Palin's password to her firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail account using publicly available information, WBIR News reported, and characterized the entire episode as a prank.
Palin, who testified in the...
Dana Chivvis - AOL News
(Sept. 22) -- Today's digital-age lesson: Beware of hackers with Australian accents. The homeland of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is also home to 17-year-old Pearce Delphin, who is at the receiving end of the blame stick for Tuesday's mishaps on Twitter.
Carl Franzen - AOL News
(July 29) -- "Jackpot!" That's the message that was displayed on the screen of an ATM as it spewed its entire reservoir of cash across the stage at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Wednesday after a hacker easily bypassed its security features.
And indeed, for hackers and crackers and unscrupulous opportunists everywhere, the high-profile demonstration of a cash machine's vulnerabilities would indeed appear to be a boon. But for those gathered at the annual technology security conference known as Black Hat, the situation presented less a victory than a challenge: how to...
Paul Wachter - AOL News
(July 26) -- Seemingly out of nowhere, Julian Paul Assange, a silver-haired Australian, has emerged as the world's most important newsman. He's done so, of course, by hosting a website, WikiLeaks.org, that publishes classified military reports and other secret information.
"Since it went online, three and a half years ago, the site has published an extensive catalogue of secret material, ranging from the Standard Operating Procedures at Camp Delta, in Guantanamo Bay, and the 'Climategate' e-mails from the University of East Anglia, in England, to the contents of Sarah Palin's private Yahoo...
Sanjiv Bhattacharya - AOL News
(July 21) -- The wanted-dead-or-alive posters described him as a "rat bastard." Then there was the spitting and name-calling, things like Snitch! and A**hole! Not to mention the death threats -- none credible enough to warrant Kevlar, but still, Adrian Lamo had good reason to check up on the security arrangements before setting foot in the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in Manhattan last weekend.
The 29-year-old Lamo was once a star of the hacker community, having broken into computer systems at The New York Times, WorldCom and Microsoft (and earned two years' probation in the bargain)....
Allan Lengel - Politics Daily
In the eyes of authorities, Luis Mijangos was a skilled computer hacker on a rampage.
The FBI arrested the 31-year-old Santa Ana, Calif., man today, alleging he had hacked into dozens of computers and extorted sexually explicit videos from his female victims.
FBI computer forensics experts determined that Mijangos infected more than 100 computers that were used by approximately 230 individuals, of which at least 44 were juveniles.
Mijangos infected the computers with a malicious computer code, getting his victims to "download the malware onto their computers by making the files appear to be...
Scott Martelle - AOL News
LOS ANGELES (June 22) -- Federal officials arrested a 31-year-old Orange County man today on charges that he hacked into dozens of computers and then threatened to divulge the private details he gleaned on female victims unless they turned over sexually explicit videos of themselves.
Luis Mijangos of Santa Ana was arrested after a six-month FBI investigation that authorities said had found that Mijangos infected more than 100 computers used by about 230 people, including at least 44 minors. The investigation began with a single complaint from a victim in the Los Angeles suburb of...
Dave - Politics Daily
WBIR.comA Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed there has been "investigatory activity" in Knoxville regarding the Palin case, but she said there are no publicly available search warrants, and no charges have been filed.A separate law enforcement source confirmed to 10 News that a search warrant was served on Kernell's apartment.According to the witness, several agents arrived at The Commons of Knoxville around midnight.They presented their badges upon entering Kernell's apartment, where several students were having a party, and took down their names.The witness tells us they asked him...