By SIOBHAN GORMAN and YOCHI J. DREAZEN
The Wall Street Journal
May 6, 2009
WASHINGTON -- A Swedish computer hacker was indicted Tuesday for
breaking into the networks of tech-gear maker Cisco Systems Inc. and
high-end computing equipment at the National Aeronautics and Space
The attacks underscore the development of a vast underground economy
that targets both the private sector and the government.
Hacking under the nom de guerre "Stakkato," Philip Gabriel Pettersson
was a teenager when he penetrated the systems five years ago. He is now
21 years old and faces charges in a five-count indictment of illegally
damaging computer networks and theft of trade secrets.
Mr. Pettersson broke into Cisco's networks around May 12, 2004, to steal
trade secrets, according to the indictment. The data stolen were part of
the playbook for its router systems, known as "source code" for the
company's Internetwork Operating System. The operating system is a
cornerstone technology for the San Jose, Calif.-based company that is a
common thread through many of its products. Cisco "used reasonable
measures" to protect its code, the indictment says.
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