Hacking Charges Brought Against Teen

Hacking Charges Brought Against Teen
Posted by FoM on March 08, 2000 at 22:49:58 PT
By The Associated Press
Source: New York Times
A 17-year-old computer hacker questioned by FBI agents about February's crippling attacks on big Internet sites was charged Wednesday with defacing an anti-drug Web page months before the spree. Dennis Moran surrendered without incident at his home in Wolfeboro and was charged as an adult with two counts of unauthorized access to a computer system. Each charge carries up to 15 years in prison. 
He was released on $5,000 bail, and no arraignment was set. Moran, a high school dropout who lives at home, is charged with hacking a Los Angeles Police Department anti-drug Web site in November. He allegedly used the Internet name ``Coolio'' and defaced the site with pro-drug slogans and images, including one depicting Donald Duck with a hypodermic syringe in his arm. He is not charged with broader claims he made in an Internet chat room of disrupting traffic on some of the Web's busiest sites, like and Michael Delaney, a New Hampshire assistant attorney general, said Moran was unlikely to face charges in those attacks. Although the FBI had said agents were seeking someone using the name ``Coolio,'' authorities have also said Coolio -- the name of a popular rap singer -- is used by many people online. In a recent Associated Press interview, Moran denied causing the larger problems. His boasts in the chat room prompted the FBI scrutiny. However, Moran did admit to hacking the LAPD drug page and sites of the Commerce Department and an Internet security firm. Authorities are still investigating the last two claims. Moran's father, also named Dennis, was shocked by his son's arrest. ``He's only 17, for crying out loud,'' he said. ``He's not a killer or anything. I don't believe this.'' Published: March 8, 2000Concord, N.H. (AP) Copyright 2000 The New York Times Company CannabisNews DARE Related Archives:
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 09, 2000 at 11:46:59 PT
The End of Anonymity? 
The End of Anonymity? By Declan McCullagh 10:20 a.m. 9.Mar.2000 PSTWired Magazine threat of untraceable hackers and online mischief-makers is a growing concern to police who don't have enough training or legal authority, top Clinton administration officials and America Online said Thursday. Attorney General Janet Reno complained about law enforcement's "inability to trace criminals who hide their identities online" during an event at which she released a copy of a report on unlawful conduct that Wired News obtained last week. Click the link to read the complete article.
The End of Anonymity? 
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Comment #6 posted by greenfox on March 09, 2000 at 07:20:19 PT
More prose for your nose
Up there in spaceLooking down on you My laser eye sees everything you doYou think you've 'private' lives? Think nothing of the kind...There is no true escape, I'm wathing all the timeI'm made of metal,my circuits gleamI am *prepetual*,I keep this country cleanI'm elected...electric spyI'm elected, protected, I'm electric eyeAll eyes in focusCan't ya feel my stare?My eyes are open to you, (but HA!) you don't know I'm thereI take a *PRIDE* in GROPING all your secret movesmy TEARLESS retina takes pictures that can proveThere's nothing you can do about me, develop and exposeI feed upon your every thought, and so my power grows...-Electric Eye,Judas Priest (Screaming for Vengence)ps- damn good song. Listen to it, you'll understand. ;)
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Comment #5 posted by dddd on March 09, 2000 at 06:34:20 PT
I'm convinced
I want to thank kaptinemo for verification of this bizzarre nitemare.It makes me shy about writing anything....dddd
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Comment #4 posted by kaptinemo on March 09, 2000 at 06:00:50 PT:
Try this one.
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on March 09, 2000 at 05:58:09 PT:
Something much more dangerous than just monitoring
chatrooms is already being used. And guess who the target is?Some of you might remember a movie called Clear and Present Danger, starring Harrison Ford? there is a scene in it which is most interesting; a narcotrafficante in Colombia calls one of his rivals to arrange a meeting. A bank of computers at Ft. Huachuka (sp?) picks it up and relays the signal to the CIA, and the mobster's voice pattern is used to identify him. Neat, huh? Now just imagine the same thing is being done to you for having the temerity to speak out on pro-cannabis issues.I'm afraid 4d is quite correct.For those of us who had expressed disbelief at the Federal government's ability to monitor the Internet at will (which it would have to do if the Anti-Meth Bill were passed into law) I have some bad news for you. An all-inclusive system already exists, has been used for both national and economic intelligence gathering. It's called ECHELON and is run by the National Security Agency. And several lawmakers (including the infamous Bob Barr, he who led the attempt to squelch democracy in the Nation's Capitol) are demanding Congress to look into it. If you follow the link below, you might be - nastily - surprised; your tax dollars at work.
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Comment #2 posted by pdrap on March 09, 2000 at 05:02:12 PT
Furst Post!Admire me
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Comment #1 posted by dddd on March 09, 2000 at 01:24:04 PT
here we go
This is only the beginning of what I think is going to be construed as a necessary part of the internet.I dont know,but I am pretty sure that any and all things on the internet,are availible for government scrutiny. To justify these intrusions,you will see more and more stories in the national media spotlite about these minor intrusions. The master plan is to make it seem normal,and necessary to allow monitoring of everything on the internet.(it probably already is). The scariest thing in America today,is the government....dddd
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