Sweden to prosecute alleged Cisco, NASA hacker
Stakkato's abrupt transfer
The prosecution of a Swedish man charged with breaching the computer networks of NASA and Cisco Systems and making off with sensitive source code will be transferred to Swedish authorities, US federal prosecutors said Monday.
Philip Gabriel Pettersson, aka "Stakkato," was indicted last May and accused of hacking into Cisco and stealing source code related to the company's widely used IOS, or Internetworking Operating System. He was just 16 at the time of the alleged theft.
Pettersson was also accused of breaching two NASA systems, one in May 2004 at the Ames Research Center and the other the following October at the Advanced Supercomputing Division.
The indictment charged Pettersson with five felonies, each carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Federal prosecutors in San Francisco, where the case was filed, said Monday the case was being transferred to authorities in Sweden. They did not explain the reason for the change.
"When the intrusions were committed Mr. Pettersson was a juvenile," Swedish prosecutor Chatrine Rudstrom wrote in a letter agreeing to accept the case. "He has already been convicted of several computer intrusions during the same period of time as the intrusions to Cisco Company and NASA and he received a conditional sentence. Either Mr. Pettersson will be prosecuted, and a court will try the case, or the prosecutor will decide to forbear to prosecute."
Under Swedish law, prosecutors can decline to press charges if there is an earlier conviction that provided a sentence that is "sufficient for the new crimes as well," Rudstrom stated.
The 2004 theft of Cisco IOS created a stir in security circles because it was feared the disclosure could make it easier for criminals to trespass on private networks that used the company's routers. News of the misappropriation surfaced after reports someone had filled IRC channels with some 800MB of code involving Cisco IOS 12.3 and 12.3t.
Cisco officials have said that since then, they don't believe customer or partner information or financial systems were affected. ®
cough * Gary McKinnon * cough
So why on earth have the US tried to deport Gary McKinnon for so long when they are happy to send someone with a similar offence back to a European country?
Don't you realise that the American government has these draconian laws to protect __**IMPORTANT**__ things. Things like _____*****PROFITS*****_____. While your lady friend doesn't have millions of <insert currency here> to give as "donations" so of course none of the politicians are going to try and look after her.
Please remember that the governments priorities are not real peoples priorities.
Could be the Nordic system(s)..
Here, in Finland a "mate" of mine was banged up for severely beating up his missus, including anally raping her in front of their young kids. Bastard, I was great friends with both 5 years back.
Reason? She stayed with girlfriends overnight, whilst wasted.
Understandably my "mate" got time. Also, obviously lost a damn good job as a sales manager in a hi-tech telecomms company, despite knowing little Finnish, and his last real job was as a waiter at a UK hotel.
3 years (First-time offenders get an automatic reduction of 50%, so he'll serve 1½ years). She got €20,000 from the Gummint, which my "mate" has to repay*.
At the end of which, they're gonna deport him. To a country of his choice - either UK or Italy.
I guess either the US/Swedish authorities thought it'd be cheaper for him (alleged Cisco hacker) to serve - what - 1 year suspended sentence, rather than US system upto 50 years. THEN deportation.
Or, are the US trying to show the 'reciprocal agreement' works?
*Point is, if this muppet in the article can get 50 years (5*10) plus a quarter of a million quid fine for tapping a keyboard, how does my "mate" get off with 18 months, no fine (once he scurries into Italy, he's basically untouchable), for almost killing his wife? Where the fuc*k's the justice???