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Swede indicted for NASA computer hack

AFP/The Local · 6 May 2009, 07:13

Published: 06 May 2009 07:13 GMT+02:00

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Philip Gabriel Pettersson, also known as "Stakkato," was indicted on charges of intrusion and misappropriating trade secrets, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.

Pettersson was accused in the five-count indictment of breaking into the computer system and network of San Jose, California-based Cisco in May 2004 and stealing operating system code.

The then 16-year-old Swede allegedly broke into computers belonging to the US space agency NASA's Ames Research Center and the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division in Moffett Field, California, in May and October of the same year.

The Justice Department did not provide Pettersson's current whereabouts but said it will "continue to work cooperatively with the Swedish authorities on the case."

It said the maximum penalty for each charge of intrusion and theft of trade secrets is 10 years in prison and a fine of 250,000 dollars.

In 2007, Pettersson was convicted by the Svea Court of Appeal for gaining unauthorized access into computer networks of several Swedish universities and colleges.

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He was handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay total damages of 181,467 kronor ($22,100) to several of the colleges and universities.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:19 May 6, 2009 by chuck.w.d.
Smart kid. Why don't they employ him? He's obviously got more skills than their current gurus.
12:32 May 6, 2009 by MTI
This guy will be sent to jail for longer period than a rapist (if they judged him in the first place) ... where is the justice? Well done SWEDEN, fight the smart and encourage the mentally ill.
15:37 May 6, 2009 by Kaethar
@MTI: Perhaps you didn't notice that it was the American Justice Department who suggested this punishment.

When he was convicted before in Sweden he was "handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay damages."
17:03 May 6, 2009 by DeepFriedTwinky
Good point Kaethar.

chuck.w.d. - I agree with you but after he he gets punished.
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