[ISN] 'Thor' sentenced for hacking ATMs using Obama as alias

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 02:40:02 -0500 (CDT)

By Cindy George
Houston Chronicle
May 9, 2011

Unlike the Marvel Comics hero of Asgard who packed cinemas this weekend, 
a different Thor without superpowers was punished in a Houston federal 
courtroom Monday for a failed scheme to hack local ATMs using Barack 
Obama as an alias.

Thor Morris, 20, of Jacksonville, N.C., was sentenced to three years and 
one month in federal prison without parole for attempting to embezzle 
more than $200,000 from three dozen local automated teller machines last 

According to the criminal complaint, Morris confided in an FBI informant 
that he planned to use a confidential operator's manual to reprogram 
Tranax ATMs, as he had done in the past in other states, and make the 
machines issue $20 for every $1 requested.

The fraud charge against Morris came after his plan was uncovered during 
an investigation initiated about a year ago by the FBI's Cyber Crimes 
Division. He was arrested April 22, 2010 while attempting to gain 
unauthorized access into a storefront ATM in far southwest Houston.


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