Teen Hackers - The real life 'Johnnys'
Just how likely is it that a teenage geek with a genius level IQ could infiltrate US Government Military/Security Services systems?
Well, below, you will find a few examples from real life...
It's also true that the US emplys some of these talented geeks for defensive and for offensive cyber-warfare. The recent political/media hysteria over 'Russian hackers' ignores the fact that most state sponsored illegality stems from US clandestine activities - as confirmed by the Wikileaks documents and secrets divulged by Edward Snowden.
All of these exceprts below were taken from an article entitled Ten Stories of Teenage Hackers Getting into the System - and some are very recent.
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Jeanson James Ancheta — Los Angeles
In 2005, the FBI nabbed 20-year-old Jeanson James Ancheta, a reported member of the “Botmaster Underground,” a group of script kiddies known for their bot attacks and spam inundation. His sinister cyberscheme infected computers at the United States Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calf. and the Defense Information Systems Agency, a component of the United States Department of Defense. In the first prosecution of its kind in the U.S., Ancheta was arrested and indicted on 17 federal charges for profiting from the use of “botnets.”
c0mrade — Miami
In 2000, a 16-year-old from Miami known on the Internet as “c0mrade” became the first juvenile to go to jail on federal computer-crime charges for hacking into NASA. The boy admitted to attacking a military computer network used by the DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency) from Aug. 23, 1999 to Oct. 27, 1999. The youth installed a backdoor access on a server that intercepted more than 3,300 electronic messages to and from DTRA staff. The backdoor also accessed at least 19 usernames and passwords of DTRA employees, including at least 10 usernames and passwords on military computers. The unnamed juvenile was sentenced to six months in a detention facility.
Richard Pryce and Matthew Bevan — Britain
Two teens touched off one of the biggest ever international computer crime investigations in the U.S. when, for several weeks in 1994, they attacked the Pentagon’s computer network and tried to get access to a nuclear facility somewhere in Korea. The cyberculprits were identified as 16-year-old music student Richard Pryce (known as “Datastream Cowboy”) and Matthew Bevan (known as “Kuji”), who was arrested two years later at age 21. Conspiracy charges against both Pryce and Bevan were later dropped, though Pryce was ordered to pay a small fine.
Ehud Tenenbaum — Israel
Computers at the Pentagon were targeted in an attack called “Solar Sunrise” during a tense time in the Persian Gulf in 1998. The attack led to the establishment of round-the-clock, online guards at major military computer sites. At the time, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre called the attack “the most organized and systematic attack” on U.S. military systems. While officials initially pointed fingers at two American teens, 19-year-old Israeli hacker Ehud Tenenbaum, who was called “The Analyzer,” was identified as their leader and arrested. Tenenbaum later became the CTO of a computer-consulting firm.
The above were taken from: http://rricketts.com/10-stories-of-teenage-hackers-getting-into-the-system/
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