[ISN] Teen hacker escapes from juvenile facility

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Date: Wed Apr 25 2001 - 13:41:50 PDT

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    April 25, 2001
    A teen-ager accused of breaking into at least three NASA computer
    systems has escaped with another teen from a juvenile facility near
    Grand Rapids, Michigan State Police said.
    In March, the 16-year-old from Grant pleaded guilty in family court to
    one count of unauthorized access to computers after officials said he
    broke into and altered NASA computers systems at the Jet Propulsion
    Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.; the Goddard Space Flight Center in
    Greenbelt, Md.; and the Energy Department system at Sandia National
    Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.
    Stephen Nesbitt, who investigates computer break-ins at NASA's Office
    of Inspector General in Washington, said the teen-ager never got
    access to any sensitive information.
    The teen, who had been housed at the STEP Program juvenile center in
    Sand Lake, left the night of April 5 with another 16-year-old, said
    Michigan State Police Sgt. Ron Nelson of the Newaygo Post.
    The Grant boy's family reported it appeared he had stopped at their
    home to take some clothes, but no one was home at the time. Nelson
    said the boys' whereabouts are unknown, but state and local police are
    The boy was scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, but failed to show
    up, Newaygo County prosecutors said. He has not been sentenced yet but
    adults convicted of the felony charge can be given up to five years in
    The teen-ager still is on probation after a similar conviction last
    year while living with his father on Long Island, N.Y. The boy briefly
    attended Grant schools as an eighth grader and moved back to the
    community about six months ago.
    While authorities said the teen didn't access sensitive information at
    any of the sites, he created pathways, or "trap doors," that would
    allow other hackers access.
    The teen-ager displayed images on the sites related to a hacking group
    called Electronic Souls.
    Brian Martin of Attrition.org, which monitors Web security issues,
    earlier said his site had recorded 32 defacements by Electronic Souls
    since February. Members identifying themselves as part of the group
    also defaced commercial sites, he said.
    On the Net:
    NASA, http://www.nasa.gov/
    Attrition.org, http://www.attrition.org/
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