[ISN] Kansas Teen Sentenced After Hackings

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Date: Sun May 12 2002 - 23:32:10 PDT

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    By Dick Kelsey, Newsbytes
    12 May 2002, 10:43 PM CST
    A Kansas teenager has pleaded guilty to hacking the official Web site
    of Stockton, Calif. and telling city officials he would secure it if
    they gave him a laptop computer.
    Matthew Kroeker, 18, was sentenced to serve two years probation and
    pay at least $18,000 restitution, his attorney Kevin Moriarty told
    Newsbytes. Kroeker pleaded guilty to four felony counts of computer
    crime in Johnson County District Court last week.
    Kroeker has learned a "valuable lesson" in the three years since the
    episodes began, Moriarty said. He was charged in March with 11 felony
    counts for allegedly defacing more than 50 sites during 2000 under the
    name "Artech."
    State prosecutors had intended to charge him as an adult under Kansas'
    computer crime statutes.
    Among Kroeker's targets was the Internet home page of the City of
    Stockton, Calif., which was replaced in June 2000 with one that simply
    said "Tard." Soon city webmaster Cathy Sloan received an e-mail signed
    "Matt," who took credit for the defacement and offered to help secure
    the site in exchange for a laptop computer.
    She played along with Kroeker while Stockton technology staffers tried
    to trace Kroeker's e-mail. The case was first given to the FBI because
    he was suspected of defacing federal agency Web sites, but went back
    to local authorities due to Kroeker's age.
    Kroeker defaced the U.S. Department of Transportation's information
    services Web site with the words, "Artech - America's biggest screw
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