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Inmate gets 18 months for hacking prison computer




Inmate gets 18 months for hacking prison computer
Inmate gets 18 months for hacking prison computer



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142628/Inmate_gets_18_months_for_hacking_prison_computer?taxonomyId=17 

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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