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Man invades .mil nets, tells hacks, lands in jail

A computer security consultant who broke into US military networks to demonstrate their vulnerability to attack by cyber-terrorists or hostile governments was arrested in San Diego yesterday. Brett Edward O’Keefe, 36, president of California start-up ForensicTec Solutions, faces charges of breaking into computers run by the Navy, the Army, the US Department of Energy, NASA and several private companies. He has been charged with six felony offences punishable by sentences of up to 30 years in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. Prior to his arrest, O’Keefe bragged to reporters that he cracked into military networks to demonstrate how insecure they were, despite government rhetoric about increased security precautions introduced since the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks. ForensicTec Solutions is trying to sell its security services to government, and O’Keefe used the alleged insecurities unearthed by his campaign to promote the company. Full Story

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