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by Dave Gradijan

Ore. Man Gets Home Detention for T-Mobile Hack

Aug 29, 20062 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Nicholas Lee Jacobsen, a 23-year-old Oregon resident, has been sentenced to one year of home detention for hacking into a T-Mobile USA network in 2004 and accessing the sensitive information of thousands of customers—including one Secret Service agent, the Associated Press reports via the New York Post.

Jacobsen, formerly of Santa Ana, Calif., was also ordered by U.S. District Court Judge George King on Monday to pay T-Mobile $10,000 to cover the damages caused by his actions, according to the AP.

The man was allegedly able to uncover the names and Social Security numbers of some 400 T-Mobile customers, the AP reports.

Though he did access a Secret Service agent’s sensitive information, the agency said he did not impede or spoil any investigations, according to the AP.

“I did some very stupid things,” Jacobsen said at his sentencing in Los Angeles on Monday, the AP reports.

He faced potential sentences of as long as five years in prison and a fine of as much as $250,000 for accessing a protected computer, according to the AP.

In related news, a 21-year-old California man was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison and an equal period of probation for his role in a “botnet” attack—when hackers infect and take control of a network of computers to execute large-scale attacks or spread unwanted spam or software—in which he and two other juveniles installed suspect advertising software on their victims’ machines.

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-Compiled by Al Sacco