[ISN] Airman accused of being hacker

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    Thursday, December 17, 1998
    Airman accused of being hacker
    Anchorage Daily News
    Daily News reporter
    An Elmendorf airman was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on
    charges that he hacked into two U.S.  Air Force computers at the base. 
    A hacker was detected on Nov. 12 by what the Air Force calls an "intrusion
    detection system." The system immediately alerted the Air Force Computer
    Emergency Response Team. An emergency team analyst then monitored the
    hacking as it occurred, according to the indictment. 
    "The analyst notified personnel at Elmendorf, who verified the attack as
    an unauthorized intrusion,"  according to the indictment. 
    Using a "numeric identifier" assigned to every computer that logs onto the
    Internet, law officials were able to trace the "attack" to a local
    Internet service provider and eventually to the home computer of Airman
    1st Class Michael Scott Moody. 
    Moody was indicted on one count of unauthorized access to a computer and
    one count of interception of wire or electronic communications. Moody will
    be served with a summons to appear in court sometime in mid-January. If
    found guilty of the offenses, Moody faces up to six years in prison and
    fines up to $350,000, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Cooper said. 
    Moody could not be reached for comment. 
    Cooper would not identify what kind of information the suspect was looking
    at on the Elmendorf computers. 
    "It is very difficult to catch these folks," Cooper said. "They are very
    bright, able people, and one of the techniques they use is deleting their
    The software the hacker used to break into the military's computers can
    easily be found on the Internet, he added. 
    Internet service providers usually control a range of several hundred to
    thousands of numeric identifiers, which they assign to customers. Once law
    officials determined that the hacker subscribed to Absolute Internet in
    Anchorage, they obtained the equivalent of a search warrant to search the
    business's records to find the hacker. 
    "It is the first time in our history we have given out user information to
    anyone," said Jay Burns, general manager at Absolute Internet. "Privacy is
    paramount to us. We required the federal warrant." 
    Burns said Absolute Internet immediately cut off Moody's account. 
    "He is no longer a customer," Burns said. "Clearly all of our users are
    subject to state and federal laws." 
    * Reporter Natalie Phillips can be reached at nphillipsat_private
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