Arrest Warrant Issued for N.Y. Times Hacker
Fri September 5, 2003 07:54 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Federal law enforcement officials have obtained an arrest warrant for a hacker who makes a habit of breaking into corporate computers and then publicly exposing the security holes, a spokeswoman for a federal public defender's office confirmed on Friday.
The complaint against Adrian Lamo is sealed so the details were not released, said a spokeswoman in the Federal Public Defender's office in Sacramento, California, where Lamo's family lives.
The spokeswoman said her office was contacted by either Lamo or his family to help with his representation given the pending arrest.
Lamo could not immediately be reached for comment.
In an interview with SecurityFocus.com published on the Web site on Friday, Lamo said he believed the warrant was related to his hacking into The New York Times' computer system early last year. He also said he did not plan to turn himself in.
Lamo exploited weaknesses in the newspaper's password policies and gained access to social security numbers and home numbers for thousands of people, including former president Jimmy Carter, former secretary of state James Baker and actors Robert Redford and Warren Beatty, SecurityFocus.com reported.
A spokeswoman for The New York Times did not immediately return a call seeking comment late on Friday. The U.S. Attorney's office for the southern district of New York declined to comment on the case.