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Jonathan James

James gained notoriety when he became the first juvenile to be sent to prison for hacking. He was sentenced at 16 years old. In an anonymous PBS interview, he professes, "I was just looking around, playing around. What was fun for me was a challenge to see what I could pull off."

James's major intrusions targeted high-profile organizations. He installed a backdoor into a Defense Threat Reduction Agency server. The DTRA is an agency of the Department of Defense charged with reducing the threat to the U.S. and its allies from nuclear, biological, chemical, conventional and special weapons. The backdoor he created enabled him to view sensitive emails and capture employee usernames and passwords.

James also cracked into NASA computers, stealing software worth approximately $1.7 million. According to the Department of Justice, "The software supported the International Space Station's physical environment, including control of the temperature and humidity within the living space." NASA was forced to shut down its computer systems, ultimately racking up a $41,000 cost. James explained that he downloaded the code to supplement his studies on C programming, but contended, "The code itself was crappy . . . certainly not worth $1.7 million like they claimed."

Given the extent of his intrusions, if James, also known as "c0mrade," had been an adult he likely would have served at least 10 years. Instead, he was banned from recreational computer use and was slated to serve a six-month sentence under house arrest with probation. However, he served six months in prison for violation of parole. Today, James asserts that he's learned his lesson and might start a computer security company.

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Hack The Planet
posted by: ParallaX on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 02:35 AM
It Was Ashame That He Suicided But Now He Is Free And For What Happened I Will Now Go On A Rampage Of Defacement's He Was A Legend We All Know!
I M Second Jonathan James
posted by: hackerviz on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Belive me ! because soon i wil be on top !!!!!! after >>>>>
(((((( H@ckerViz ))))))))
fake posts
posted by: u know me on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM
ankit fadia why don't you go and f@ck yourself.why you come here posting stupid comments about you? It is really pathetetic how desperately you are trying to publicise yourself in this page. Everybody knows that you are phony,fake hacker.On the contrary this man was one of the greatest.so get lost.
He will be my ideal always
posted by: Ank on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM
Right golden, ankit fadiya is also a good hacker. But I just felt I should cry when I came to know Jonathan James suicided.
hacking is not a crime
posted by: golden on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 03:46 AM
james we all .... I mean the whole hacking world is your's big fan..... Agr aap is duniya me hote to bahut achchha hota..... Pata nahi duniya hackers ko galt tareeke se ku dekhti hai..... You are the best one i ever ever ever heard in my life...... Bhagwan aapki aatma ko santi de.... Aap k jaise log iss duniya me bahut km hee aate hai ....... 1 or hai jo aap ki trh hee hai i mean ankit fadiya..... But he is a white hat hacker
this is smart
posted by: nicolas nicky on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 08:02 AM
i would say thst this hack is pretty cool becuase it was sweet and smoth hack waht in interested is in how did he did it
Rip jon
posted by: Hacker|improballyonyourpc on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM
R.I.P jonathan
wanted to learn but......
posted by: rUsTy on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 4:08 PM
Life is not always straight but we just have to take wat we c and how we c it.
Am a young upcoming student who aims at bcomin a white hat hacker but it seems I just lost focus by dis news.NO LOVE LOST NO LOVE FOUND
I WS PLAYN
posted by: hacckulous on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM
i ws playn RIP
IM GOING TO FINISH WHAT U DID
posted by: hacckulous on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 12:54 PM
R.I.P jonathan

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