August 1, 2005
USA for the District of Colorado announced in a press release here that an individual from "Caracas, Venezuela, pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Walker D. Miller to intentionally damaging a protected Department of Defense computer." The press release states that the individual pleading guilty "was a member of 'World of Hell,' a group of people who assisted each other with, and communicated regarding intrusions they made into government, business and corporate computers." What was particularly frightening about this case is that according to the DOJ press release:
"On or about June 10, 2001, the defendant caused the transmission of a code or command to a protected computer that was exclusively used by the United States Department of Defense, Defense Information Systems Agency (“DISA”), which is responsible for computer based training for the United States Air Force and other military personnel. The defendant perpetrated a web-page defacement on DISA web-based computers by altering the web-page to display a World of Hell message. The defendant also deleted logging information from the DISA computers to intentionally impair the availability of computer logging data."
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