[ISN] Accused Los Alamos hacker freed, barred from using computers

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Wed Jan 30 2002 - 01:42:32 PST

  • Next message: InfoSec News: "[ISN] Security-conscious groups ban Wi-Fi"

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (January 29, 2002 9:44 p.m. EST) - A former Los
    Alamos National Laboratory computer specialist accused of hacking was
    set free on $50,000 bond Tuesday and ordered to stay away from
    computers and several other electronic devices.
    Jerome Heckenkamp, 22, was charged last year in federal courts in San
    Jose and San Diego with breaking into the networks of eBay, Exodus
    Communications, Qualcomm, Juniper Networks, ETrade, Lycos and Cygnus
    Support Solutions, causing more than $1 million in damage.
    The acts allegedly occurred when Heckenkamp was a graduate student at
    the University of Wisconsin, before he worked at Los Alamos.
    He had been free on $50,000 bond - and allowed to use a computer, but
    not the Internet - until Jan. 18, when he asked to be put in jail so
    the friend who posted the money for him could get it back. Heckenkamp
    said he wanted to fire his lawyer and represent himself.
    Heckenkamp later decided to keep his attorney and asked to be freed
    again. But prosecutor Ross Nadel said there was evidence Heckenkamp
    had violated his original bond agreement by getting on the Internet.
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Trumbull said she was puzzled by
    Heckenkamp's strange behavior and worried she could not trust him to
    stay off the Internet. So she freed him on $50,000 bond posted by his
    father, placed Heckenkamp on electronic monitoring and barred him from
    using computers, fax machines, cell phones and video games.
    A judge in San Diego also must approve the terms.
    Heckenkamp's first trial, in San Jose, is set to begin March 19.  
    Hacking charges carry up to five years in prison.
    ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org
    To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY
    of the mail.

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Wed Jan 30 2002 - 05:20:43 PST