By Kevin Poulsen
January 30, 2009
A legally blind Massachusetts phone hacker admitted this week to federal
computer intrusion and witness intimidation charges that could put him
away for as long as 13 years.
Matthew Weigman, 18, pleaded guilty to two felonies before U.S.
Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney in Dallas on Tuesday. Known in the
telephone party-line scene as "Li'l Hacker," Weigman is widely
considered one of the best phone hackers alive.
Relying on an ironclad memory and detailed knowledge of the phone
system, the teenager is known for using social engineering to manipulate
phone company workers and others into divulging confidential
information, and into entering commands into computers and telephone
switching equipment on his behalf. The FBI had been chasing Weigman
since he was 15 years old, at times courting him as an informant. He
was finally arrested last May, less than two months after celebrating
his 18th birthday.
"I've been interested in phones since I've been about 8," Weigman said
in a 2007 interview with Wired.com. "I talked to technicians when they
came down here to do things on my phone."
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