[IWAR] HACKER Mass. airport

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Date: Wed Mar 18 1998 - 15:08:07 PST

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    Posted at 2:45 p.m. PST Wednesday, March 18, 1998 
     Teen charged with hacking
     Mass. airport computer
     BOSTON (AP) -- A teen-ager accused of crippling an airport
     control tower has become the first juvenile charged in federal court
     with computer hacking.
     The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that the Massachusetts
     boy, whose name, age and hometown were not disclosed, has agreed
     to plead guilty.
     If a judge accepts the plea bargain, the boy will get two years'
     probation, a fine and community service. He will also be banned from
     using a computer with a modem for two years.
     ``These are not pranks. This is not like throwing spitballs at your
     teacher,'' U.S. Attorney Donald Stern said. ``Hackers should know
     that they will be caught and they will be prosecuted.''
     The boy broke into a Bell Atlantic computer system on March 10,
     1997, causing a system crash that knocked out power at Worcester
     Airport. Communication between the tower and aircraft was
     disrupted for six hours.
     No accidents or close calls resulted. The airport handled 60,000
     landings and departures in 1997.
     ``We dodged a bullet that day,'' said Joseph Hogan, area manager for
     the air traffic control company.
     The control tower printer, which monitors flight progress, shut down.
     Radios used to communicate with planes were also knocked out. A
     battery-operated backup transmitter came on, but the system had a
     shorter range.
     The hacking also knocked out off phone service to 600 houses in
     nearby Rutland.

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