NASA hacker pleads guilty

NASA hacker pleads guilty

A Boston man late last month pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to breaking into and taking over government systems.

In a plea agreement, Ikenna Iffih admitted to intercepting electronic communications transmitted to a government computer, illegally accessing and damaging a computer used in interstate and foreign commerce, and interfering with a government communications system, according to NASA's Inspector General's Office.

On May 6 of last year, Iffih accessed a computer at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., the IG reported. Iffih told authorities that he used sniffer programs to gain unauthorized access to civilian and government computers through a dial-up Internet account [GCN, March 6, Page 57].

Iffih will be sentenced Oct. 26. He faces a possible 20-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $750,000.

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