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NASA and Pentagon hacker TinKode receives two-year suspended jail sentence

Lucian Constantin | Oct. 8, 2012
Romanian national Manole Răzvan Cernăianu, known online as TinKode, received a two-year suspended prison sentence for hacking into computer systems owned by Oracle, NASA, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense and was ordered to pay damages totalling more than US$120,000.

Members of the Romanian Security Team (RST) forum -- the largest online hacker community in Romania, where TinKode was a high-ranking member before his arrest -- took notice of the court's decision on Thursday. Some of them expressed relief that he received a lenient sentence, some felt that the amount of money he has to pay is too large and questioned his prospects of finding work with a criminal record, while others felt that he did wrong by seeking publicity which eventually led to his arrest.

TinKode's story should make hackers ask themselves whether what he did was worth it, an RST forum moderator said.

"It's no excuse for TinKode's criminal hacks, but if the websites had been properly secured in the first place they would have never found themselves embarrassed by the Romanian hacker," Cluley said.

 

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