Sunday, December 19, 2004

Hacker Sentenced to Six-Month Prison Term

Gregory Aaron Herns, who hacked into the computer system at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center when he was 17 years old to store movies he had downloaded has been sentenced to a six-month term of imprisonment for his violation of the computer crime act (18 U.S.C. 1030).  He pled guilty a violating the act and causing over $200,000 of damages.  According to an AP story, Herns' attorney described the now 21-year old Mt. Hood Community College student as a "computer geek" who will suffer because after serving his sentence he will have only limited access to computers for three years.  Greg Nyhus, the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case, tried--perhaps not successfully--to describe what Herns did: "It would be like clearing a sidewalk full of spectators with a fire hose so you can walk through it." I guess. (ph)

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