A hacker who shut down NASA for 21 days

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A hacker who shut down NASA for 21 days

WASHINGTON: We often hear about hackers’ exploits, but did you know that in 1999, 15-year-old Jonathan Joseph hacked into the US Department of Defense and NASA systems and stole  1.7 million in information?

Had taken According to the details, Jonathan Joseph James was only fifteen years old when he hacked the systems of NASA and US Department of Defense in June 1999 along with some private companies and some school friends.

The boy was from Miami. And he did his job under the name of ‘Comrade’. It stole  1.7 million worth of information from 13 NASA computers. As a result, NASA had to shut down its system for 21 days and spend another  41,000 to re-develop the software.

The source code that James stole from there contained all the information about the survival and temperature and humidity control systems at the International Space Station. NASA had to recreate the source code for this program.

He was also the first person in the world to crack down on the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The division is responsible for assessing the threats to the United States. Joseph decoded 3,000 cyber messages, which gave him access to the usernames and passwords of several of the company’s workers, as well as access to ten military computers.

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At the time of his arrest, there was no complete cybercrime law, and since he was still a minor, only two juvenile offenders could be charged. Jonathan was found dead in his bathroom on May 18, 2008. Gaya had a bullet mark on his head. His father stated that he was suffering from depression and that was the reason for his suicide.


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