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'Helpful' Hacker Readies Guilty Plea

Adrian Lamo is expected to plead guilty this week to a federal hacking charge. Adrian Lamo, the hacker who made a name for himself by breaching the security of large companies and then offering to help them fix the vulnerabilities he found for free, is expected to enter a guilty plea on a federal hacking charge later this week. Lamo told InformationWeek during a telephone interview that he was flying from his California residence this week for a court appearance in New York, where he would plead to a single federal hacking charge. Lamo didn’t discuss the details of his plea or the charge for which he expects to plead, other than to say, “I believe it’s the right thing to do.” “I always said that I was aware that my actions have consequences and that I wouldn’t deny the consequences of my actions,” he said late Monday. Sean Hecker, Lamo’s federal public defender, confirmed Tuesday that Lamo is scheduled for a hearing Thursday but wouldn’t provide details other to confirm that a “potential guilty plea” will be discussed. If a plea is entered, the next step would be a sentencing hearing, which should occur in about three months, Hecker said. Full Story

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