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Fermilab hacking suspect held; 17 desktops hit in '02 incident

A suspect has been arrested in the United Kingdom and his computers were seized in connection with the break-in of 17 computers at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Batavia, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday. Hackers broke into Fermilab’s computers to use memory disc space to store movies and other copyright material for illicit distribution over the Internet, the Energy Department’s inspector general reported. But no damage was detected to Fermilab’s computers or software. Fermilab, an international center for studying high-energy physics, delves into nature’s secrets but does not do work related to military weapons or national security. The hacking incident happened in June 2002, said Dane Skow, who heads Fermilab’s computer security team. Researchers noticed that data backup operations that usually take an hour were taking 8 or 9 hours, Skow said. Full Story

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