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NASA hacker arrested in Romania

Also allegedly hacked UK and US military
Wed Feb 01 2012, 14:26

A HACKER alleged to have attacked the the US Pentagon and NASA servers has been arrested in Romania.

Prosecutors from Romania's Investigating Directorate for Organised Crime and Terrorism announced the arrest of 20 year old Razvan Cernăianu Manole, saying that he is accused of launching attacks on government systems.

He faces a range of charges and allegedly launched a number of attacks, all of which were designed to obtain confidential data. He then shared this information on a "blog type website" along with videos of some of his attacks.

Sophos security researcher Graham Cluley has it that the arrested suspect is Tinkode, who allegedly hacked into the Royal Navy's website in 2010. Cluley added that there may have been no other motivation behind the attacks than the desire to create a nuisance.

"My estimation [is that] over the last few years Tinkode's motivation has been more about mischief-making than the more malicious attacks we often see, fueled by a desire for publicity via his active Twitter and Facebook accounts," he explained.

"Perhaps now is a good time to remind everyone who thinks it's cool or amusing to expose an organisation's weak security that hacking into a site is still a crime, regardless of what your incentive may be."

Tinkode's Twitter account has been silent since 23 January. µ


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