[ISN] Canadian Charged With Breaking Into U.S. Government Computer Files

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Date: Fri May 15 1998 - 02:42:50 PDT

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    Canadian Charged With Breaking Into U.S. Government Computer Files
    
    
    SUDBURY, Canada (May 13, 1998 9:03 p.m. EDT) - A Canadian faced charges 
    Wednesday that he used a computer in the basement of his parents' house to 
    break into U.S. government files, including NASA's.
    
    Jason Mewhiney, 21, appeared briefly before a judge in a Sudbury, Ontario 
    court and was informed of the 27 charges against him.
    
    Working with U.S. authorities, Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested 
    Mewhiney at his parents' house on April 1 and charged him with "illegally 
    hacking into the United States government computer systems and in one case 
    causing extensive damages."
    
    In addition to NASA, Mewhiney allegedly tapped into the computer files of 
    the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    
    Police say Mewhiney also penetrated the computer systems of Canadian and 
    U.S. universities.
    
    Mewhiney, who is free pending trial, declined to speak to media.
    
    "He's a bright young man," his mother said as she left the court.
    
    At the request of the prosecution, the case has been postponed until June 
    10.
    
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