SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The 21-year-old computer whiz and former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee accused of causing more than $1 million in damage by hacking into eBay, Qualcomm and other prominent high-tech companies was freed on $50,000 bond Thursday.
Jerome Heckenkamp, who was fired from his probationary position at Los Alamos National Laboratory after his arrest last month, had failed to post the bond by Feb. 1 as ordered by a federal judge in San Jose. He also had to post that amount by Thursday night to satisfy a judge in San Diego.
Forget script kiddies and denial-of-service attacks. The new cyberthreat, according to the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is Fidel Castro. Declan McCullagh reports from Washington.
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Nortel is currently working on what is called an 'e-village.' This project is going to take place on a 15,000 acre site outside of Fresno, CA. The initial project is only going to incorporate 500 homes, but in the future they hope to expand it to over 30,000 homes. The people in the community will be able to watch their children in school, schedule golf games, and access any business, school, or shopping center in the area.
Minneapolis officials have tracked down and arrested the person who is suspected of infiltrating police radio frequencies to make illegal broadcasts as well as repeatedly scrambling the airwaves of two separate police factions. He reportedly may not be the only person involved in this matter. The DA's office is currently reviewing the case. More information at the
For years many hackers have considered Canada a backdoor to the United States but Prime Minister Jean Chretien seeks to change that. The formation of Canada's Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness was announced to protect Canada's electronic infrastructure, from banks to power grids, against possible hacker attacks and natural disasters. More info here.