Teen-ager admits he hacked Web pages, prosecutors say

Teen-ager admits he hacked Web pages, prosecutors say

Nineteen-year-old Eric Burns, whose hacker alias is Zyklon, last week admitted to breaking into Web pages posted by NATO, Vice President Al Gore's office and the U.S. Information Agency.

A grand jury had indicted the Shoreline, Wash., teen-ager on seven counts of computer intrusion. In exchange for a reduced sentence, he agreed to plead guilty to one count and to pay $36,240 in restitution.

Burns' sentencing is set for Nov. 11. He faces a fine of up to $250,000 and a possible five-year prison sentence.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted the case. Burns, prosecutors said, also admitted to helping others breach the White House Web site.

Between last August and February, Burns hacked in to the ser-vers of Electric Press of Reston, Va., which hosts the Gore, USIA and NATO Web pages.


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