[ISN] [defaced-commentary] Doctor Nuker Indictment

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    Subject: [defaced-commentary] Doctor Nuker Indictment
    Greenbelt, MD - United States Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio and the
    Federal Bureau of Investigation today announced that a federal grand
    jury in Greenbelt has returned a four-count indictment charging
    offenses relating to the November 2000 attack on the computers of the
    American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel public affairs
    group with offices in Washington, D.C.
    The indictment charged Misbah Khan of Karachi, Pakistan with hacking
    into AIPAC's computer server in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 1,
    2000. He replaced AIPAC's World Wide Web page with a page boasting
    that AIPAC had been "hacked by Doctor Nuker, Founder Pakistan Hackerz
    Club, doctornukerat_private" The unauthorized Web page contained
    statements attacking Israel and links to other anti-Israel or
    pro-Palestinian Web sites. In addition, Khan took confidential
    computer credit card account information belonging to AIPAC members
    and posted the account information on the unauthorized Web page and on
    other sites, resulting in unlawful use of the credit card accounts.
    The four-count indictment charged Khan with knowingly causing the
    transmission of a computer command which intentionally caused damage
    to AIPAC's computers; intentionally accessing AIPAC's computer without
    authorization and obtaining information from that computer; knowingly
    and with intent to defraud possessing fifteen or more unauthorized
    "access devices" (credit card account numbers); and causing the use of
    unauthorized access devices to obtain things of value of more than
    $1,000. The two computer offenses are punishable by up to five years
    in jail; the credit card offenses are punishable by up to ten years in
    jail; all four offenses carry fines of up to $250,000 and terms of
    supervised release of up to three years.
    FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Lynne Hunt said that "doctornuker" was
    recently identified as Misbah Khan by the FBI computer crime squad
    with the assistance of the FBI legal office or "legat" at the U.S.
    Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. SAC Hunt said that the investigation
    demonstrates that "computer hackers often leave behind a more
    elaborate trail of evidence than they realize, and we will follow that
    trail no matter where in the world it leads." United States Attorney
    Thomas DiBiagio commended the FBI's investigation and noted that the
    U.S.  Attorney's Office has prosecuted a number of computer intrusion
    and intellectual property crimes during the past year.
    Following the indictment, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the
    defendant. As in all criminal cases, the indictment is the grand
    jury's allegation that the defendant committed the crimes as charged
    in the indictment. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until
    proven guilty.
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