[ISN] Hackers steal US Marine software via German university computer

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Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 19:29:33 PDT

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    Agence France Presse 
    May 16, 2001, Wednesday 
    (KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany) Hackers have stolen a program for US spy
    satellite navigation using the computer system at the University of
    Kaiserslautern in western Germany, prosecutors said Wednesday.
    The prosecutors office in Kaiserslautern said the unknown hackers had
    penetrated university computers during the Christmas holidays over the
    Internet and used them to gain access a computer in the United States
    that held the software used by US Marines to navigate intelligence
    Prosecutor Helmut Bleh said the hackers appeared to come upon the
    Kaiserslautern computers by chance while looking for a system that
    could handle the size of the software.
    The economic impact of the case is also sizeable.
    Prosecutors said the user licenses alone for the software program cost
    60 million dollars annually.
    The hackers face up to three years in prison if convicted.
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