Attacker stole and cracked password files to gain access to victims

Incident Date: 1996
Incident Location: New York City NY USA

During a 1996 investigation in New York City, authorities found that a hacker named Wesley had collected password files from several universities and some local businesses. They determined he was cracking passwords and using them to gain access to these organizations.

Wesley was charged with possession of more than 50 password and user ID combinations, which was a violation of 18 USC 1029. He pled guilty with a reduced sentence in July of 2001.

Story Sources

Title: Cyberwar Stories: If He Had Just Paid the Rent
Author: Steven Branigan
Date: 9/24/2004
Sample chapter from High-Tech Crimes Revealed: Cyberwar Stories from the Digital Front
Publication Location: USA
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