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Hacker Claims he was working for FBI

Feds not talking, but county forging ahead on case. Jesse Tuttle was sure he had made a good deal two years ago when he agreed to help the government safeguard sensitive computer systems against hackers, thieves and terrorists. For Tuttle, a computer hacker known around the world as “Hackah Jak,” it was the chance of a lifetime. The deal would help him avoid prosecution on computer hacking charges and would pay him to do something he loves: search the Internet for vulnerable computer systems. If he found one, he says, he wrote a report about it for the FBI in Cincinnati. “He is a genius with computers,” says Tuttle’s lawyer, Firooz Namei. “He was basically the eyes and ears of the FBI on this world that no one knows exists.” But Tuttle’s Internet sleuthing ended in May, when Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies charged the 23-year-old Camp Dennison man with breaking into the county’s computer network and accused him of storing child pornography on his home computer. Tuttle says his work with federal authorities explains everything, and that he was arrested because one government agency didn’t know what another was doing. But the FBI isn’t talking and county officials stand by Tuttle’s arrest. Full Story

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