A 26 year-old Romanian is accused of illegally accessing over 150 computers employed by US public institutions, thus causing over 1.5 million dollars worth of damage. The institutions include NASA, the Energy Department and the US Navy.
Victor Faur, risks 54 years in prison if found guilty, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the Federal Prosecution Office. The American Government believes that Faur is the head of a hacker organization called “The white hats team”, which aims to break into the US official institutions’ computers simply because they are considered as the safest in the world.
This story from Hotnews
caught my eye. Interesting story, yes, somewhere deep inside we are keen on the idea one of us is that good with computers. What surprises me about this story is that there is no statement of the Romanian authorities. If they've already questioned him, what was the conclusion? Evidence, is there any? How did they come to know it was him? I'd like to know all these. Has anyone seen the story elsewhere? It's from December 1st (yeah, I was celebrating and not reading the papers).
According to Evenimentul zilei
, the young man is actually 22, has rejected the accusations and has recently been selected to work for IBM in the Check Republic. The actual breaking into NASA computers happened about a year ago and the Romanian authorities have not decided if they will allow Faur to be trialed in the US.