A Romanian hacker by the name of Razvan Manole Cernaianu, also known by his nickname TinKode, was arrested after he hacked into NASA and Pentagon. Governments take hacking very seriously as for one, confidential information is hidden on servers and two, if it’s known that they can be hacked, well, that opens them up to even more attacks.
The guy was known for hacking into US government and military websites and exposing security issues in their systems.
To go after computer systems such as NASA and the Pentagon, you’ve got to have some serious guts. Or be stupid, one of the two. Sooner or later, you will be caught. Just ask infamous hacker Kevin Mitnick or give his recent book, Ghost In The Wires, a read.
“The accused hacker, Razvan Manole Cernaianu, accessed high profile computer systems without authorization, including those belonging to the Pentagon and NASA, then posted evidence of his attacks online, the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, said in a statement Tuesday. Cernaianu, a 20 year-old IT student from Timisoara, Romania, broke into servers belonging to the U.S. Army and stole confidential information, which he published on his blog, authorities said.”
That’s likely where he went wrong which is posting the evidence online. Sooner or later, someone screws up and leaves clues that help authorities track them down even further or, expose them completely. On the plus side, at least white hat hacking helps improve the security of systems and makes them less prone to these kinds of attacks in the future.
How long of a sentence do you think the hacker should have to spend, or should he not serve any time at all?