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Pakistani Pleads Guilty to Hacking U.S. Web Sites

A hacker who breached the computer network at Sandia National Laboratories and posted an anti-Israeli message on the Eglin Air Force Base Web site pleaded guilty to computer and credit card fraud charges, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday. There were no known political or terrorist overtones to the breaches of four computer networks by 18-year-old Adil Yahya Zakaria Shakour of Los Angeles, said Patty Pontello, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors. Shakour penetrated the Florida air base’s computer server repeatedly in April and May 2002, altering the Web page to denounce the Israeli advancement into Palestine and crediting the defacement to the “Anti India Crew.” Shakour is a Pakistani who could face deportation after he completes a prison term of up to 15 years, to be set at his June 12 sentencing. He agreed to make restitution of approximately $100,000 for damage to the computer networks. Full Story

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