Trial Of Romanian Hacker Breaking Into NASA Servers Postponed

The trial of Romanian hacker Victor Faur, accused of breaking the codes and hacking into the computerized systems of several American agencies, including NASA, was postponed by four months as the procedures to call on American witnesses to testify took longer than expected.


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Dan Ilarie, head of the Arad organized crime investigation department, said American witnesses failed to show for the hearing on Thursday and the trial was postponed by four months.

Judges decided the next hearing to take place on March 20, 2008.

At the October 18 hearing, Faur admitted to having accessed American servers but he said he did it without knowing whose servers they were. He added he had no intention to cause damages.

The 23 year-old Romanian national said he received the access data from a user he met on the internet, who is supposedly from Constanta, southeast Romania.

Faur could not give information on the man who supposedly gave him the access data of the American servers.

The Romanian citizen said he does not agree to pay any compensations to the American agencies involved, as he does not consider to have caused them any kind of damage.

At the first hearing that took place on September 6, 2007 in Arad, western Romania, the hometown of Faur, representatives of NASA, the US Navy and the US Department of Energy asked to be paid damages worth EUR1.7 million as 150 of their computers were hacked into.

Faur is accused of illegally accessing between November 2005 and September 2006 computerized systems belonging to the American agencies the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Goddard Space Flight Center, (GSFC) US Department of Navy and US Department of Energy (DoE).

Faur used passwords and usernames belonging to authorized personnel from these institutions.

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