[ISN] Underage Programmer Pleads Guilty To Stealing AOL Pass

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Date: Fri Oct 30 1998 - 00:06:36 PST

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    Underage Programmer Pleads Guilty To Stealing AOL Pass
    30-10-1998 00:31 
       NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--A teenager has pleaded guilty to a federal
    criminal charge after prosecutors said he and others used a computer
    program he wrote to steal the passwords of hundreds of America Online Inc. 
    (AOL) users.
      The teenager, whose name was withheld because of his age, pleaded guilty
    Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan to one count of intercepting
    electronic communications and helping others do so.
      Prosecutors said he created a "Trojan Horse" program - a program
    concealing another program - that worked via e-mail. A person with the
    program would send an e-mail message with an attachment to an AOL user,
    and the program was activated when the recipient clicked on the
    attachment, prosecutors said. 
      The program would then capture the unknowing AOL user's keystrokes,
    including his or her password, and send the password to an e-mail account
    set up by the program's user, prosecutors said.
      The teen hacker used the program himself to steal passwords, and
    distributed it to people whom he had met over the Internet, assisting them
    in similar thefts, prosecutors said. In June, another juvenile pleaded
    guilty to using the program to steal more than 500 passwords, according to
    Michael Rapoport, 212-227-2017, 
    DOW JONES NEWS  10-29-98
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