Incidents

Andrew Miffleton1999-12-20 00:00:00 UTC

From May, 1998 to February, 1999, Miffleton, using the computer moniker, "Daphtpunk", hosted a web page for "the Darkside Hackers" on his computer at his residence. In February, 1999, Miffleton possessed, with the intent to defraud, a list of computer passwords from a national Internet company. This password list contained root-level passwords which afford the user complete control over a computer system. Miffleton trafficked in some of these passwords by giving them to others in "the Darkside Hackers." Miffleton and others used these passwords to access computer systems throughout the country without authorization. Miffleton’s conduct resulted in a $90,000 loss to the Internet company. In February, 1999, Miffleton also possessed the following unauthorized access devices: approximately 40 individual user-level passwords for an Internet service provider; approximately 20 electronic serial numbers/mobile identification number pairs for cellular telephone service; one AT&T calling card number and approximately five credit card numbers. All of these were unauthorized access devices that were obtained by Miffleton with the intent to defraud the providers of the access devices.

Eric Thornton1999-12-01 00:00:00 UTC

small warez trader who operated a web site called "No Patience," was the second person convicted under the NET Act. In one specific instance, a third party downloaded 20 software programs with a retail value of $9,638.25

Eric Burns1999-11-19 00:00:00 UTC

Burns pled guilty on September 7, 1999 to intentionally hacking a protected computer and causing damage. The defendant admitted that he had hacked and damaged computers in Virginia, Washington state, Washington, D.C., and London, England, including computers hosting the United States Information Agency and NATO pages on the World Wide Web, and the vice-president of the United States Web page known as "21st Century.gov." The defendant also admitted that he had advised others on how to hack computers at the White House in May 1999. Burns designed a program he called "Web Bandit" to identify computers on the Internet that were vulnerable to attack. Using that program, he found that the computer server at electric press in Reston, Virginia, which hosted the Web pages for USIA, NATO, and the Vice-President, was vulnerable to attack. Between August 1998 and January 1999, Burns hacked Electric Press server four times. These attacks affected United States Embassy and Consulate Web sites, as well as others, that were dependent on USIA for information. On one occassion, the defendants conduct made thousands of pages of information unavailable and resulted in the closing down of the USIA Web site for eight days. Burns also attacked the Web pages of approximately 80 businesses whose pages were hosted by LASER.NET in Fairfax, Virginia, the Web pages of two coporate clients of issue dynamics in Virginia and Washington, D.C., the Web page of the University of Washington, and the Web servers of the Virginia Higher Education Council in Richmond, Virginia, and an Internet service provider in London, England. The defendant usually replaced the attacked Web pages with his won, which often had references to himself as "ZYKLON" and to his love for a woman named "CRYSTAL." In May 1999, the White House Web server was attacked, and there was an attempt to replace it with a page that had references to "ZYKLON" and "CRYSTAL." The White House was alerted to the attempt and had to shut down the Web server, disconnect both the public and private computer networks from the Internet for two days, and reconfigure the computer system. Although Burn took credit during Internet Chat sessions for the attack, both before and after it was discovered, he told the court that he had simply provided advice to others about how to do it. Burns admitted that his intrusions had caused damages exceeding $40,000.

Scott Abraham1999-11-06 00:00:00 UTC

what started as a in real life argument ended in a usenet board argument that got many involved and resulted in a ban being place on scott as a result of a no contact order. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and other civil liberties groups commented that this violated free speech protection, but did not deny that Abraham's aggressive behavior exceeded the boundaries of normal newsgroup civility

David Smith1999-04-15 00:00:00 UTC

Around March 26, 1999 Melissa was put in the wild by David L. Smith of Aberdeen Township, New Jersey.[3] The virus itself was credited to Kwyjibo, who was shown to be macrovirus writers VicodinES and ALT-F11 by comparing MS Word documents with the same globally unique identifier — this method was also used to trace the virus back to Smith.

Jeffrey Levy1999-02-03 00:00:00 UTC

Posted software, music, entertainment programs and movies with a retail value of at least $5,000 to his website. first person convicted and charged under the NET law.

Gregory Hanis1999-01-01 00:00:00 UTC

accused of breaking into a phone company and changing his billing

Michelle Begley1999-01-01 00:00:00 UTC

WPC used police national computer to access electoral rolls and car registration records in attempts to track down woman who had an affair with her boyfriend.