[ISN] Judge takes byte out of local hackers

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Date: Fri Jun 21 2002 - 02:47:11 PDT

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    Kevin Blocker
    Staff writer 
    June 19, 2002 
    Correction (6/20/02): Visiting federal Judge Edward Shea sentenced
    three men for their roles in hacking into computer systems and storing
    credit card numbers from Web sites.
    Three Spokane men were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in hacking
    into computer systems and storing 2,700 credit card numbers from
    Internet business sites.
    One of the defendants forced the shutdown of the Web site of the
    Washington, D.C., mass transit system in May 2000.
    Brent J. Woodfield, 21, pleaded guilty to hacking into the systems,
    and Erik R. Thompson, 22, and Sean R. Shelton, 22, pleaded guilty to
    helping Woodfield store the evidence.
    The three were accused of replacing transit information in the
    nation's capital with profanity-laced protests of lawsuits brought
    against the company Napster to stop the free downloading of music.
    FBI agents also found 2,700 credit card numbers that had been moved
    from Woodfield's apartment to Thompson's home.
    "We believe they hacked into hundreds of Web sites and illegally
    obtained these credit card numbers," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom
    Authorities have no evidence that the three used the credit card
    numbers. They were arrested last December.
    The hacking of the Web site of the Washington Metropolitan Transit
    Authority occurred on May 29, 2000. It temporarily shut down the Web
    site used by 1.8 million people a year for schedule information and
    ticket sales.
    Woodfield received six months' home confinement and three years'
    probation. The men cannot have contact with computers unless they
    receive approval from their probation officers.
    "My client is anxious to get this over with and face the
    consequences," Woodfield's attorney, Terence Ryan, said Tuesday.
    Despite the defendants' remorse, U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle
    leveled stern words at them.
    "I don't think you get it, Mr. Thompson," said Van Sickle, who
    sentenced Thompson to three years' probation, a year more than
    attorneys for both sides had agreed to.
    "I hear you're intelligent, but your record shows bad judgment," the
    judge said. "You just show the inability to be successful."
    Thompson dropped out of high school before getting his GED. Then he
    enrolled in college, sported a 1.89 grade-point average and dropped
    "Your life is not `Good Will Hunting,"' Van Sickle said. "You are on
    the verge of criminal activity."
    As for Shelton, Van Sickle told him the only sign of recent success in
    his life was getting into a "terrible accident" and receiving a
    substantial award for it.
    Van Sickle agreed with Shelton's attorney that he was the "least
    culpable" of the three because he wasn't as computer-literate. Shelton
    received a year of probation.
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