Swede indicted for hacking NASA, Cisco computers

May 6, 2009
The NASA logo seen at Kennedy Space Center. A 21-year-old Swede was indicted on charges of hacking into the computer systems of NASA and US networking giant Cisco, the US Justice Department said

A 21-year-old Swede was indicted on charges of hacking into the computer systems of NASA and US networking giant Cisco, the US Justice Department said.

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

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

He allegedly broke into computers belonging to the US space agency NASA's Ames Research Center and the 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.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Samsung fined $300M for conspiracy

Related Stories

Samsung fined $300M for conspiracy

October 14, 2005

Samsung Electronics was found guilty by the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday for conspiring to set prices on computer chips and fined $300 million.

Charges in Silicon Valley secrets theft

December 23, 2005

A former Netgear engineer was charged Thursday with stealing trade secrets from his former company and distributing them to colleagues at his new job.

California man indicted in 'botnet' case

February 11, 2006

A California man was indicted Friday for allegedly creating a "botnet" that used university computer systems and disrupted information technology at a Seattle hospital.

US files complaint against EMC

March 3, 2009

The US Justice Department announced that it has filed a complaint against EMC Corp. over contracts the information management and storage giant secured with the US government.

Recommended for you

The ethics of robot love

November 25, 2015

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," ...

Tandem solar cells are more efficient

November 23, 2015

Stacking two solar cells one over the other has advantages: Because the energy is "harvested" in two stages, and overall the sunlight can be converted to electricity more efficiently. Empa researchers have come up with a ...


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

not rated yet May 06, 2009
Now that's a great protection NASA has...
... Protected by law.
not rated yet May 06, 2009
ah who cares...what are they gonna do, steal the plans to the cheap little pill box theyre calling a replacement for the shuttle...
not rated yet May 06, 2009
Sweden DOESN'T extradite their citizens!!! HAHA!!! so the lil'guy can tell the US to go forth and multiply. (unless Swedes get him)
not rated yet May 06, 2009
too many top secrets for an agency that's supposed to be in the public domain? Maybe all the ufo sat images?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.