Sweden accepts request for transfer of prosecution of a Swedish national hacker

February 9th, 2010 - 1:57 am ICT by BNO News  

SAN FRANCISCO (BNO NEWS) – Sweden accepted the request to transfer the prosecution of a Swedish national charged with hacking and trade secret theft, U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello announced on Monday.

Philip Gabriel Pettersson, also known as “Stakkato”, was indicted on five counts involving intrusion and trade secret theft charges. According to the prosecutors, between May 12, 2004, and May 13, 2004, Pettersson intentionally committed an intrusion into the computer system and network of Cisco Systems Inc. A Cisco Internetworking Operating System’s code was misappropriated although no customer or partner information was affected.

The defendant also is charged for intruding the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Between May 19, 2004 and October 22, 2004, Pettersson, allegedly intruded computers at the Ames Research Center and the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division, located at Moffett Field, California. He was only a teenager when he committed such offenses.

“This was a significant intrusion and theft of trade secret case in our district that involved international law enforcement issues,” Attorney Russoniello said. “We look forward to continuing to cooperate with Swedish authorities as the case progresses and on any case needs.”

The defendant faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison; however any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors such as the amount of the loss.

The prosecution is the result of a multi-year investigation involving numerous investigative agencies. The FBI, U.S. secret Service, NASA, CISCO and the Kingdom of Sweden are among the agencies that collaborated in this case.

This is one of the few computer crime cases in which a transfer has been accepted in recent years, according to the Department of Justice.

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