By David Kravets
February 8, 2010
Swedish investigators are probing a hacker U.S. authorities accuse of
unlawfully intruding into Cisco Systems, NASA.s Ames Research Center and
NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Division, the authorities said Monday.
Philip Gabriel Pettersson, known in the hacking world as "Stakkato,"
allegedly seized computer code that controls internet traffic. After the
2004 breach of Cisco, the proprietary source code for Cisco's IOS
operating system was discovered on a Russian website.
Pettersson was indicted in the United States in May on five hacking
counts, (.pdf) but could not be brought from Sweden to the United States
for trial. Sweden does not extradite its own citizens, but said it was
examining whether to prosecute him in Sweden after U.S. authorities in
San Francisco initiated that request.
"The intrusions to Cisco Company and NASA are regarded as computer
intrusion according to Swedish law," (.pdf) Swedish prosecutor Chatrine
Rudstrom told federal prosecutors in San Francisco, according to
documents released Monday.
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