Ikenna Iffih installs password sniffer on NASA computer

Incident Date: 1999
Incident Location: Boston MA USA

Ikenna Iffih pled guilty in federal court to hacking into U.S. government computers on June 29, 2000. He was sentenced November 17, 2000 to 6-months home detention, 48-months of supervised release, and $5,000 in restitution to a victim.

Mr. Iffih was a student at Northeastern University College of Computer Science living in Boston, Massachusetts at the time of his crimes. The targets of his attacks included the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, Department of the Interior, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Zebra Marketing Online Services (ZMOS), and Northeastern University. While on a NASA computer Mr. Iffih installed a software sniffer to capture usernames and passwords transmitted on the network.

Mr. Iffih used his access on NASA and Defense Logistics Agency computers as a launching point for attacks against other organizations. One example was his defacement of the Web page of ZMOS, which hosted corporate Web pages and acted as an Internet service provider. ZMOS claimed losses of more than $30,000 to resume their online operations following Mr. Iffih’s attack.

Story Sources

Title: Ikenna Iffih
Publication: NIPC Major Investigations
Publication Location: Washington D.C. USA
Publication URL: http://www.nipc.gov/investigations/ikennaiffih.htm

Title: Boston Computer Hacker Charged With Illegal Access and Use of States Government and Private Systems
Author: United States Attorney Boston Massachusetts
Date: 2/23/2000
Publication: Press Release
Publication Location: Boston MA USA
Publication URL: http://www.cybercrime.gov/iffih.htm

Title: Student admits hacking NASA and other U.S. government computers
Date: 6/30/2000
Publication: CNN
Publication Location: USA
Publication URL: http://archives.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/06/30/nasa.hacker/

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