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07/10/2006 02:21 AM ID: 55596 Permalink   

Hacker Accesses FBI's Computer System


Court documents filed at the U.S. District Court in Washington have revealed that a U.S. government consultant used software programs found on the Internet to break into the FBI's computers. Joseph Thomas Colon broke into the computers four times.

Colon pleaded guilty in March to four counts of illegally obtaining information. These infractions were referred to as "curiosity hacks" and it is believed that his intentions were not to damage national security. He could receive 18 months in jail.

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with a name like colon he had to be a computer hacker
  by: political exorcism   07/10/2006 03:24 AM     
  And the FBI  
demand that there be a backdoor to every router to allow them to monitor traffic. GREAT IDEA considering how safe and secure the FBI seems to be. Put the backdoor in, and every hacker the world over now gets your network.
  by: ssxxxssssss   07/10/2006 03:44 AM     
Im so glad I now have two intel centrino cards with different mac addresses.
  by: si182uk   07/10/2006 09:45 AM     
  I'm glad..  
i have nothing to do with the FBI... Buncha losers ;)
  by: MadButcher   07/10/2006 12:29 PM     
  Ho Ho Ho! JollyGreenGiant Here! Ho ho ho!  
It is ineptitude such as this that led to the 9/11 tragedy...

ho ho ho.
  by: JollyGreenGiant   07/10/2006 12:53 PM     
  whoa whoa whoa  
you get a reduced sentence for "curiosity hacks"?? interesting...
  by: pixx   07/10/2006 05:40 PM     
very good point, the fact that you can download some grabage software off the internet (not even pro hacking stuff) and hack the FBI goes to show the state of the security systems in usage their.
  by: JocKstEelUk   07/11/2006 06:36 AM     
Famous, But Incompetent
  by: walter3ca   07/11/2006 06:31 PM     
  Ahh to hack the FBI site.  
I would immediately set about changing the FBI Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Dubya (Stupid is as Stupid does) Gump would be at the top of the list. His henchmen, Dick (The Dick) Cheney would be No. 2 (rather fitting), Donny (The Rummy) Rumsfield, Condi (The Harpy) Rice, and Karl (The Brain Fart) Rove would round out most of the field.

That hack and the accompanying infamy would be worth several years in jail. I’m sure the next president’s first duty in office would be to give me a pardon and maybe a freedom medal for my efforts LOL.
  by: valkyrie123     07/11/2006 06:45 PM     
  To hack or to be hacked, that's the question  

I always thought the FBI had some top-hackers recruted themselves?

So it is imminent they are being hacked.. From the enemy within, or the enemy outside ;-)
  by: MadButcher   07/11/2006 08:11 PM     
Here's to your freedom *raises glass*
  by: zmethod     07/12/2006 06:38 AM     
  better story link

Also the security system at FBI:
What Colon did was hardly cutting edge, said Joe Stewart, a senior researcher with Chicago-based security company LURHQ Corp. "It was pretty run-of-the-mill stuff five years ago," Stewart said. Asked if he was surprised that a secure FBI system could be entered so easily, Stewart said, "I'd like to say 'Sure,' but I'm not really. They are dealing with the same types of problems that corporations are dealing with."

The new FBI Security program, Trilogy, cost more than $535 million but failed to produce a usable case-management system for agents because of cost overruns and technical problems.
  by: MmmMan     08/28/2006 06:55 PM     
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