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A New Mexico teenager has been charged with hacking into a NASA-run research centre.

Jason Schwab, 18, has been charged with computer abuse and conspiracy to commit computer abuse connected with an April 2000 attack by crackers against NASA's Ames Research Centre in California.

Associated Press reports that Schwab allegedly modified files on the research centre's computer system and added unauthorised accounts to its network. Schwab denies the charges. ®

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