Hacker pleads guilty to accessing NASA system

Hacker pleads guilty to accessing NASA system

A hacker charged last year with breaking into a NASA server has pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in San Antonio to one count of intentionally accessing a federal computer without authorization, NASA said Monday. He faces a possible one-year jail term and a $100,000 fine.

Ruben Candelario, who entered his plea April 18, is scheduled to be sentenced June 20.

He was indicted a year ago on charges of hacking into the Web and e-mail server of NASA's Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. He also was charged with possessing and trafficking in computer passwords.

Candelario, who used the nickname 'skrilla,' was the subject of an investigation by the NASA Inspector General's Computer and Technology Crimes Office and investigators of the Guadalupe, Texas, Sheriff's Department.

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