Jonathan James, 16, pleaded guilty to federal charges on Thursday, admitting hacking into NASA systems that support the international space station, intercepting 3,300 government e-mail messages, and obtaining stolen passwords. Because of his age, the authorities hid his name. He is expected to be sentenced to at least five years in prison when he is sentenced on January 5th.
According to prosecutors, Jonathan James admitted to investigators that he was angry with the United States for funding the station instead of developing technology that would benefit Africa first. He also said that he wanted to see how far he could go with the hacks and that he had not intended to damage NASA's computers seriously.
However, NASA estimates that the cost of fixing the damage caused by Jonathan James' attacks will exceed $500,000. The agency has also said that it will take months before the e-mail interception can be restored completely.
NASA manages the station for its partner countries. Its mission is to provide a laboratory for scientists to conduct research in human biology, physics, astronomy, and other areas while exercising care not to endanger anyone aboard. The station has been operating successfully for more than eight years now and continues to do so today. It is estimated that the total cost of the project is close to $100 billion.
In November 2015, NASA reported that one of its computer systems at the station had been hacked.
A 15-year-old north Floridian broke into Department of Defense and NASA computers in 1999, earning him a place in the hacker hall of fame. Jonathan James, often known as "c0mrade" on the internet, was a trailblazer in various ways. He is considered one of the first space tourists when he launched into orbit with his own satellite on a commercial flight.
In addition to being a pioneer in this field, c0mrade also made some important contributions to security research while gaining notoriety as one of the best hackers in history. He used this opportunity to teach others about computer security and help developers make their products more secure.
As part of his sentence, c0mrade must serve 100 hours of community service and pay $10,000 in restitution. He will not be able to work in the information technology field for 10 years after his release from prison.
C0mrade's crimes were motivated by boredom and an interest in technology. When asked why he committed such crimes, he said that it was because they were easy to do and could be done with just a few dollars. He also likes hacking because it is fun and gives him an adrenaline rush.
NASA was recently attacked again.
Mr. Jonathan James, also known as "The Jester", is a young hacker who gained notoriety in 2001 when he caused the collapse of a $60 million network by flooding it with spam messages. The incident forced NASA to shut down its Internet connections for nearly three weeks.
At the time of his arrest, Mr. James had more than 10 computers infected with software that allowed him to control them remotely. He used these computers to form a so-called "botnet" that he could employ for his own purposes or sell to other hackers. The botnet consisted of hundreds of thousands of computers around the world that helped Mr. James send out spam or perform other malicious acts.
After being arrested by the FBI, Mr. James agreed to work with them to identify other hackers. As a result of this agreement, several other hackers were arrested too.
Mr. James's mother says that her son was inspired by The Masked Marvel, a famous hacker who goes by the name "Mask". She claims that her son has never met him but believes him to be a real person who lives somewhere in America.
Mr. Jonathan James
|Jonathan Joseph James|
|Born||December 12, 1983|
|Died||May 18, 2008 (aged 24) Pinecrest, Florida, U.S.|
The hackers allegedly made it as far as the Deep Space Network (DSN) radio telescope array and various other JPL equipment....
According to NASA, it was hacked 13 times last year (Technology News, Firstpost). Each time it is hacked, it can take months or even years for them to discover what happened in the wake of the hack.
The most recent attack came in April 2019 when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported that their computer network had been breached. They also announced that some employees' personal information may have been compromised.
NASA said that they discovered the breach on April 11th when they noticed that someone was trying to log into one of their computers from an IP address associated with Russia's government-run technology company Techrozd. A few days later, they found evidence that showed that the hacker had gained access to at least two other computers on the network.
There are several ways that a computer network can be hacked, such as by using a virus or email spam message, but hackers can also break into networks by physically breaking into offices or buildings where the computers are located or by hacking into any device that is connected to the network (such as a printer or server).