Incidents

Nicholas Mamich2001-12-18 00:00:00 UTC

The Public Access to Court Electronic Records, PACER is a computer system operated by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, a government agency, which maintains Court docket information, electronically stored case related documents, case statistic reports, and other related information. PACER allows the public to access the stored information, and, with an authorized password, to print or download the information for a fee of several cents per computer page. Each District Court maintains its own PACER server which houses that district’s data. PACER may be accessed from a kiosk in an individual courthouse, or off-site through the Internet. PACER has a billing program which tracks the charges an authorized PACER user accrues for downloading or printing information. Between approximately May 2000 and November 2000, from his home in Bowdoinham, Maine, Nicholas Mamich gained unauthorized access to 65 PACER computer servers belonging to United States District Courts around the country on several hundred occasions and downloaded millions of pages of data to his personal computer. Mamich devised a program that placed hidden files on the PACER servers which bypassed the PACER billing program, so that no charges would accrue. The Administrative Office of the United States Courts estimated that it incurred expenses of at least $40,000 to discover and repair the damage caused by the defendant’s hacks into the PACER servers. The system has now been configured to prevent this type of conduct.

David Foresman2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

arrested in part of operation cyber sweep.

Daniel McVay2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

arrested in part of operation cyber sweep.

Shane Pitman2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

Accused leader of razor911

John Sankus2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of software piracy

Barry Erickson2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

Systems engineer at Symantec Corporation who provided Symantec software to the warez groups DrinkOrDie and RiSCISO before that software was commercially available. Erickson was also a founding member of Parents On Puterz POPZ, a warez group that specialized in the release of children’s learning software and games.

David Grimes2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

Grimes supplied Check Point firewall software to DrinkOrDie on at least two occasions, and he operated a file transfer and storage sites FTP sites known as High Octane. High Octane contained thousands of copies of pirated software, games, movies, and music, and it was affiliated with a number of top warez groups, including RiSC, MYTH, RTS, and DrinkOrDie.

Stacey Nawara2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

was a senior member of the warez courier group RequestToSend RTS, a Council member in DrinkOrDie, and a leading courier for the warez group Razor1911, which specialized in releasing PC and console games.

Nathan Hunt2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

A senior member in DrinkOrDie and the group’s leading supplier of software. From November 2000 through October 2001, Hunt provided the group with more than 120 individual software titles, which were then stripped of copyright protections by group crackers such as buj Sabuj Pattanayek, above before being released over the Internet.

Sabuj Pattanayek2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

was a Council member in DrinkOrDie and the group’s top cracker. Pattanayek had also been a senior member of the top warez courier group Request To Send RTS.

Michael Kelly2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

A senior Staff member in DrinkOrDie, he also had past or current membership in the warez groups AMNESiA, CORP, and RiSC. His principal role was that of bot master, which in general terms meant that he developed automated computer programs, or enhanced existing programs, that were installed on group FTP sites and IRC channels to perform security and communication functions.

Andrew Clardy2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of soft piracy

Christopher Tresco2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of soft piracy

Derek Eiser2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of soft piracy

Mike Nguyen2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of soft piracy

Kent Kartadinata2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of soft piracy

Richard Berry2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

A longtime member of DrinkOrDie, he supplied members with computer hardware e.g., PDAs, laptops, occasionally tested cracked software prior to its release by the group, and operated several Internet bounce sites that re-routed users to three of the group’s file storage and transfer sites FTP sites known as Fatal Error, Packet Storm, and Lake of Fire.

John Riffe2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

A member of the warez groups ShadowRealm SRM and EXODUS, which specialized in the release of copyright-protected movies and television shows, respectively.

Robert Gross2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of software piracy

Myron Cole2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of software piracy

Anthony Buchanan2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

accused of soft piracy

David Anderson2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

warez group trading software with retail value of $1,000,000

Christopher Motter2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

Operated warez server Wonderland with 5,000 warez worth at least $500,000.

John Neas2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

site operator for the server known as CITY MORGUE which had 81 illegal users and 400 gigabytes of pirated software.

Kenneth Woods2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

oversaw and maintained the server SHAYOL GHUL at his employer’s place of business, a Verio Data Center in Sterling, VA. That server had 275 illegal users and 17 managers

Jordan Zielin2001-12-11 00:00:00 UTC

primary manager, or “site operator” as known within software piracy circles, for the warez server ONLY THE FINEST WAREZ, which was located at the Bank of America in Boston.

Alex Bell2001-12-01 00:00:00 UTC

software piracy and other crimes

Steven Dowd2001-12-01 00:00:00 UTC

software piracy and other crimes

Andrew Eardley2001-12-01 00:00:00 UTC

software piracy and other crimes

Mark Vent2001-12-01 00:00:00 UTC

software piracy and other crimes