http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/can/press/html/2002_01_08_breuninger.html U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Northern District of California 11th Floor, Federal Building 450 Golden Gate Avenue, Box 36055 San Francisco, California 94102 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel: (415) 436-7200 Fax: (415) 436-7234 January 8, 2002 The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that Benjamin Troy Breuninger, a/k/a Kon, a/k/a Konceptor, pled guilty yesterday afternoon to unauthorized access of a protected computer and recklessly causing damage, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(5)(B). Mr. Breuninger, 22, of Bloomington, Minnesota, was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 7, 2000. He was charged with one count of unauthorized access of a protected computer and recklessly causing damage, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(5)(B). Under the plea agreement, Mr. Breuninger pled guilty to the lone count charged. In pleading guilty, Mr. Breuninger admitted that, on November 3, 1999, without authorization, he intentionally gained access to the Lawrence Livermore National Lab's unclassified computer network. Once he obtained access to the computer system, he placed software programs on the system that gave him further control of the system as well as continued access. Over the next 10 days, he re-entered the system several times and, among other things, downloaded budget material from the laboratory's computer network. As a result of his actions, numerous lab employees spent time resecuring the network. The loss due to the employees' efforts exceeded $20,000. The sentencing of Mr. Breuninger is scheduled for April 12, 2002 before Judge D. Lowell Jensen in Oakland. The maximum statutory penalty for each count in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(5)(B) is five years and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution. However, the actual sentence be dictated by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of factors, and will be imposed in the discretion of the Court. The prosecution is the result of a 21-month investigation by the Department of Energy, Office of the Inspector General, Technology Crimes Section and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Computer Intrusion Squad. Ismail J. Ramsey and Christina Hua are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Elaine Rene-McCoy. A copy of this press release and related court documents may be found on the U.S. Attorney's Office website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/can. All press inquiries to the U.S. Attorney's Office should be directed to Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Jacobs at (415)436-7181. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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