[FoRK] Something we should know, sdw?

Zee Roe <zero at rawbw.com> on Fri May 2 12:27:11 PDT 2008

"
 US Attorneys in Washington and New York and the OIG's
computer crimes division convened an undercover operation that
eventually led to 27-year-old Akeem Adejumo, who according to a court
document also went by the name of Stephen Williams.
"

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/04/30/nasa_employee_419_victim/

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
30th April 2008

A Nigerian man was sentenced to 18 months in prison after tricking a
NASA employee into clicking on an email attachment that installed
malware on her government-issued computer.

According to a Justice Department press release, the unnamed
Washington-based employee received the email from an individual she had
had met on an online dating site. As a result her computer passwords,
bank account numbers, social security number, driver's license
information and address were all disclosed.

NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) began investigating the breach
in December 2006 and quickly traced the attacker to Nigeria. A joint
investigative team comprising Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crime
Commission (EFCC), US Attorneys in Washington and New York and the OIG's
computer crimes division convened an undercover operation that
eventually led to 27-year-old Akeem Adejumo, who according to a court
document also went by the name of Stephen Williams.

Adejumo pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining goods by false
pretenses and forgery and was sentenced to 18 months in prison by the
Lagos State High Court in Nigeria.

The success this international team had in identifying the culprit is
impressive. But it's important to note that this breach never would have
happened without the cooperation of one very gullible (and likely
delinquent) NASA employee. There's no word whether she has been fired or
disciplined, or whether NASA has taken steps to prevent similar episodes
from happening again. A NASA spokesman said he was looking in to the
matter.

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