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Tech sleuths track hacker

A computer hacker who broke into a state agency’s system recently and essentially downloaded the agency’s database was tracked down by researchers from a New Mexico Tech program, state legislators were told here Monday. A research assistant in Tech’s Information Technology department and the ICASA program, Srinivas Mukkamala, told seven members of the legislative Information Technology Oversight Committee who were meeting in Socorro this week that the intrusion into the agency’s system demonstrates the vulnerability of computer networks, even the state’s. It also, he said, demonstrates the cutting-edge technology being developed by the Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis division at Tech. Officials declined to identify the agency involved other than to say it is one of the smaller state agencies, with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, but it has control over a considerable amount of money. Full Story

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