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Patrick Gregory, aka 'MostHateD', has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit teleconferencing fraud and computer trespass. The 19-year-old Texan is a founding member of a crew known as gLobaL heLL, previously known as total-Ka0s. The Feds accuse gLobaL heLL of causing $1.5 million in damage to numerous US corporate and government sites, including the White House and the Army. Such damages are often wildly inflated by prosecutors, and typically include such vague calculations as loss of brand-name confidence. Gregory will admit to stealing phone conferencing services from AT&T, MCI, and Latitude Communications and holding conference calls with other crew members. He faces up to five years' incarceration, and could be ordered to pay millions in restitution. Gregory has often stated publicly his view that network intrusions are a means of exposing security flaws, and therefore serve a public interest. He has also defaced sites to express displeasure over the Draconian sentences handed down to hackers in China. gLobaL heLL co-founder Chad Davis, aka 'Mindphasr', was sentenced to six months in prison earlier this month for whacking the US Army's Web site last June. Davis was ordered to pay US $8054 in restitution, to avoid other members of gLobaL heLL, to serve three years of supervised release, and to gain approval from future employers to use the Internet. An archive of gLobaL heLL's defaced sites can be found here, courtesy of Attrition.org. ® Related Story MostHateD in gaol for burglary

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