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30 Aug 2005

Hacker intrigue

Here’s a hacking story with a difference: after investigating a hack perpetrated by a suspected Chinese-government-backed gang of uberhackers, Shawn Carpenter, a network security specialist at Sandia National [nuclear research] Laboratories, got caught up in the FBI investigation. Time Magazine reports that he was dismissed by Sandia when they discovered his out-of-hours hacking, even though Shawn claims to have been encouraged by the FBI to help them track the gang. The FBI has acknowledged their role in the investigation and Shawn subsequently got his security clearance reinstated, so the story seems to hold water.
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