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Man pleads guilty to wireless hack into stores

Hacker used wireless network at Lowe’s in attempt to steal credit card numbers. A Michigan man pleaded guilty on Friday to four counts of wire fraud and unauthorized access to a computer after he and two accomplices used a vulnerable wireless network at a Lowe’s Companies Inc. store in Michigan to attempt to steal credit card numbers from the company’s main computer systems in North Carolina and other Lowe’s stores in the U.S. Brian Salcedo could face up to 18 years in prison for the crime, which the government claims could have caused more than US$2.5 million in damages. However, federal prosecutors will ask for a more lenient sentence in exchange for Salcedo’s cooperation in other investigations stemming from the incident and full disclosure of details about the intrusions on Lowe’s network, according to a copy of the plea agreement. The case stems from a series of hacks in October and November 2003 in which Salcedo’s two accomplices, Adam Botbyl and Paul Timmins, discovered a loosely protected wireless local area network connection at a Lowe’s store in Southfield, Michigan, while scanning for open connections, or “war driving” in the area. Full Story

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