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Hacker crackdown: government busts the Deceptive Duo and the Helpful Hacker

The government is throwing the book at hackers again.
Time for another "Free Kevin (Mitnick)"-style prisoner support campaign?
Infamous hacker Adrian Lamo, 23, who was known as "the helpful hacker" because he reported his exploits to his victims, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to six months of home confinement with his parents in California, two years of probation and a fine.
the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that a grand jury had indicted Robert Lyttle, 20, on allegations that he hacked government computers -- including the DOD's Defense Logic Information Service (DLIS), NASA Ames Research Center, and the Office of Health Affairs -- and gained access in order to deface government Web sites.
Lyttle, who also is known as allegedly part of "The Deceptive Duo," a hacking team that claimed responsibility for government Web site hacks in April 2002, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and $250,000 fine.

more data:

 http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/hacking/story/0,10801,94629,00.html  http://www.technewsworld.com/story/35195.html

heres an article about the recent Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE), notice the politicization and paranoia going on amongst the geeks:

Stupid 20.Jul.2004 12:56


They should have covered their tracks and kept their traps shut. All hackers who have ended up getting themselves convicted virtually gave themselves away. Would you say on a usenet news group, "gee, I hacked the Wh*tehouse"? That sort of thing immediately triggers all sorts of automation that records the message and the origionating IP address and routing tables, &etc. You may be able to spoof your IP address, but they can still trace your packets all the way back to the first hop router, and usually to your ISP. Even before Patriot Act, the FBI could get most all ISPs to cooperate in an investigation without informing their customers. All this just goes to show how many bragging hackers are nothing but immature adolescents or adult adolescents who know nothing about information technology.

re: "hacker" 20.Jul.2004 15:08

not fooled by you

You are just trying to make yourself look all cool and l33t by dissing some guy who you don't even know. How do you know that the guy got caught cuz he bragged? You don't. You're just making assumptions. Also, what is this mysterious "all sorts of automation" that you are referring to? It sounds to me like you are trying to sound knowledgeable when you are actually not very knowledgeable at all. Are you a poser?

Hacking could be a necessary evil 20.Jul.2004 17:08

Pravda or Consequences

What if a hacker discovered some serious shit? I mean, who watches the watchers?

hackers? hackers! 20.Jul.2004 18:42


check out the cool stuff the Cult of the Dead Cow has done. (CoDC)

not an xfile anymore 20.Jul.2004 21:09


thank you Scully and Mulder for earning your keep...

s eriously folks,

If you've ever had your site "hacked" by one of these morons, they cease to appear glamorous. In fact, like so many things THAT EXIST IN REALITY it takes more talent and work to create a website than to deface one.


recruiting the Robin hoods 21.Jul.2004 10:44


What the government will probably do is end up plea bargaining with him to protect their systems from other hackers.

It's the same old story as "Catch me if you can"

I love the way we love our Robinhoods. Aint that America