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Feds: Hacker Disabled Offshore Oil Platforms' Leak-Detection System




Feds: Hacker Disabled Offshore Oil Platforms' Leak-Detection System
Feds: Hacker Disabled Offshore Oil Platforms' Leak-Detection System



http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/03/feds-hacker-dis.html 

By David Kravets 
Threat Level
Wired.com
March 18, 2009

A Los Angeles federal grand jury indicted a disgruntled tech employee 
Tuesday on allegations of temporarily disabling a computer system 
detecting pipeline leaks for three oil derricks off the Southern 
California coast.

Mario Azar, 28, faces a maximum 10-year term after being accused of 
purposely impairing a computer system that monitored for leaks on three 
Pacific Energy Resources platforms offshore of Huntington Beach.

"It was offline. The leak-detection system was rendered inoperable for a 
period of time," said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for Los Angeles federal 
prosecutors.

Azar did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Bill Lane, a spokesman for Long Beach-based Pacific Energy Resources, 
said there was no oil leak from the derricks that are connected to the 
Southern California shore with miles-long oil pipelines.

He declined further comment.

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