Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Man who hacked US gov't computers gets prison term

Via Reuters.

A California man was sentenced to four months in federal prison for hacking government computers, including two agencies within the U.S. Defense Department, and defacing government Web sites, the U.S. attorney's office said on Friday [June 24, 2005].

Robert Lyttle, of Pleasant Hill, east of San Francisco, pleaded guilty to five counts of unlawfully accessing computer systems of the Defense Department's Defense Logistic Information Service and Office of Health Affairs and NASA's Ames Research Center in April 2002.

Lyttle, 21, was also ordered to pay damages of about $72,000, the U.S. attorney's office for Northern California said. In addition, Lyttle was sentenced to serve a three-year supervised release after his time in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen ordered Lyttle to spend the first four months of the supervised release in home confinement with electronic monitoring.

Lyttle, who was indicted last July by a federal grand jury, is scheduled to begin serving his sentence on August 24.


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