By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
December 22, 2009
A former Massachusetts prison inmate has been given an 18-month prison
sentence for hacking prison computers while he was incarcerated.
Francis "Frank" Janosko, 44, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in
Boston for abusing a computer provided by the Plymouth County
Correctional Facility. The computer had been set up to help inmates with
their legal research.
In 2006, Janosko managed to circumvent computer controls and use the
machine to send e-mail and cull data on more than 1,100 Plymouth County
prison employees. He gained access to sensitive information such as
their dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, telephone numbers, home
addresses and employment records.
The computer he used was a so-called thin client computer that simply
connected to another machine on the network and did not store any data
itself, prosecutors said in Janosko's indictment. The only program it
was supposed to run was the prison's legal research application.
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