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* Philip Gabriel Pettersson, aka “Stakkato,” Indicted On Intrusion Charges Involving Cisco And Nasa

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A 21-year-old man from Sweden was indicted Tuesday on intrusion and trade-secret theft charges involving Cisco Systems of San Jose and NASA, U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello announced Tuesday.Philip Gabriel Pettersson, aka “Stakkato,” was charged with one intrusion count and two trade secret misappropriation counts involving Cisco, a provider of computer network equipment and producer of Internet routers, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Pettersson is alleged to have intentionally committed an intrusion between May 12, 2004 and May 13, 2004, into the computer system and network of Cisco, and during the alleged intrusion, some Cisco Internetwork Operating System code was misappropriated. Pettersson has also been charged with two intrusion counts involving NASA, including computers at the Ames Research Center and the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division located at Moffett Field in Santa Clara County, according to the Department of Justice.The indictment alleges that he committed the intrusions at NASA on May 19, 2004, May 20, 2004, and Oct. 22, 2004.Cisco and NASA have cooperated with the government’s investigation, and Cisco officials have said they do not believe any customer information, partner information or financial systems were affected, according to the Department of Justice.The maximum penalty for each charge of intrusion and theft of trade secrets is 10 years in prison, a three-year term of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.The Department of Justice will continue to work cooperatively with Swedish authorities on the case.

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