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The Yahoo! hacker

Adrian Lamo surrendered to FBI in Sept 2002, after hacking into The New York Times and Yahoo! and causing damage worth several thousand dollars.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2003 13:22 IST

Adrian Lamo, 22, surrendered to the FBI in early September, after a federal arrest warrant was issued against him for hacking into the The New York Times, Yahoo! and other big companies and causing damage running into several thousand dollars.

Lamo is charged with altering The Times' databases between February and April 2002, causing The New York Times Co damages exceeding $25,000.

Lamo also obtained over $300,000 worth of services from the LexisNexis electronic information service during the same period by accessing The Times' LexisNexis account.

He travelled across the country and used public computers at copy stores for his hacking activities throughout the US.

After his arrest following the warrant related to alterations of The Times' databases, Lamo acknowledged his involvement in other hackings too over the past few years.

Lamo was released into his parents' custody on a $250,000 bail. He offered to work with his hacking victims after each break-in to improve the security of their networks.

First Published: Dec 08, 2003 00:00 IST