By PENNY BROWN ROBERTS
Advocate staff writer
Aug 1, 2006
A Prairieville man has admitted hacking into a national defense
contractors computer system to access a Korean satellite known as KOMPSAT.
In a 3-year-old Baton Rouge federal court case just unsealed, Shawn
Phillip Brady, 32, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of unlawful
computer intrusion. He faces up to one year in prison.
Brady hacked into the computers of TRW Inc. Space & Technology Division in
California in November 1999 from a Roddy Road apartment in Gonzales, where
he lived at the time, according to a summary of the case used by
prosecutors to support the plea.
Once inside, Brady established himself as a system administrator and gave
passwords and other information to a source cooperating with federal
Although Brady did not damage the system or download files, the summary
says, he looked at satellite location information stored on the system.
KOMPSAT is the Korea Aerospace Research Institutes Korea Multi-Purpose
Satellite. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the satellite
was launched in 1999 and is used for earth observation, scientific
experiments and communications.
Brady was charged in a May 2003 bill of information and pleaded guilty
behind closed doors in October 2003. The case remained a secret until last
week to protect an ongoing FBI investigation, U.S. Attorney David Dugas
This was potentially very dangerous, he said. In this case, the damage
appears limited, but I dont have any details beyond that.
TRW has since been sold to another defense contractor, Northrup Grumman
Corp. Bob Bishop, a spokesman for the companys space technology sector,
declined to comment on the case Monday.
Attempts to reach Bradys attorney, Steven Adams of Baton Rouge, were
unsuccessful Monday. The Advocate left two messages at his office.
Brady also pleaded guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement
for reproducing thousands of dollars in software in 2001 while living in
Nevada. He faces up to five years in prison on that count.
No sentencing date has been scheduled.
Story originally published in The Advocate
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