Swede indicted for hacking NASA, Cisco computers

May 06, 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

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Expiorer
not rated yet May 06, 2009
Now that's a great protection NASA has...
... Protected by law.
LuckyBrandon
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...
iknow
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)
djp
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?