NASA hacker ‘rolex’ jailed for four months

Hard time


A hacker has received a four month prison sentence for breaking into servers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Associated Press reports that Raymond Torricelli, 20, from New York, was also asked to pay a fine of $4,400 to the space agency after pleading guilty to the 1998 crime.

At the time of his arrest, we reported that Torricelli was accused of breaking into two computer systems owned by NASA's JPL in order send spam on behalf of pornographic Web sites.

Torricelli, whose hacker alias was 'rolex', even moderated the hacker channel "#conflict" using the JPL labs systems, according to the original complaint.

The prolific hacker was suspected of breaking into 800 other computers (including those of Georgia Southern and San Jose State Universities) and stealing credit card details to make an estimated $10,000 worth of unauthorised purchases.

It's not the first time someone has gone to jail for hacking into the space agency's servers, which have historically been a popular target for hackers.

The courts are taking a tough line on such s'kidies; hack NASA and go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200. ®

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