Known cyber-hacker charged
Source: The cincypost Post
By A. Scott Mungin
Date: June 17, 2003
A Camp Dennison man known in cyber space circles as one of the nation's foremost "hacktivists" -- politically motivated computer hackers -- has been indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury.
Jesse Tuttle was indicted Tuesday on six counts of unauthorized use of property and 10 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.
Tuttle, 23, known online as "Hackah Jak," is accused of trying several times to hack into the Web sites of the sheriff and Hamilton County government, and gaining access to the county Web site on May 3.
When he hacked into Hamilton County's Web site and gained access to its content, he took a screen shot of the network directories found on the main computer running the county's Web site and e-mailed it to the county. The screen shot indicated the hacker having access to the Web server, the directories, and the site itself , but nothing more, said Ron Bien, lead telecommunication specialist for the Hamilton County Communication Center. The center is responsible for the county's computers and telecommunications. If convicted, Tuttle faces up to six years in prison on the unauthorized use of property counts.
The 10 pandering charges are potentially far more serious, carrying total penalties of up to 80 years in prison.
The grand jury alleged that after officers served a warrant and seized Tuttle's home computer, they found multiple images of child pornography that had been downloaded from the Internet.
Tuttle is a "recognized computer hacker," said Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen, and claims to have hacked into computer systems and networks owned by the University of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Cincinnati police and the sheriff's office, among others.
But he's best known in cyberspace for his computer attacks on Web sites of those he considered enemies of the U.S. He admitted to defacing dozens of Chinese government Web sites and shutting down several networks run by the Peoples Republic of China after the Chinese took the crew of an American spy plane into custody in the spring of 2001.
"I just toyed around in there," he said in an interview with The Post earlier this year. "I moved some funds around and broke some things."
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Tuttle was believed to have participated in attacks on sites he and his cohorts believed to be pro-Iraqi.
Tuttle, who said he tends bar and lives with his parents, said in the earlier interview that hacking is "being given a problem with many variables and seeing it to the end. Hacking is having the will to explore farther than what is known."
Original article: http://www.cincypost.com/2003/06/13/hacker061303.html
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