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Hacker gets home detention

Date: August 30, 2006

A hacker who broke into the network of T-Mobile USA Inc. and accessed personal information of hundreds of customers including a Secret Service agent was sentenced Monday to one year of home detention.

Nicholas Lee Jacobsen, 23, must also pay $10,000 in restitution to T-Mobile to cover losses caused by his acts, which took place in 2004.

The former Santa Ana resident who now lives in Oregon said he lacked "comprehension and maturity" when he targeted the network of Bellevue, Wash.,-based T-Mobile USA, uncovering the names and Social Security numbers of 400 customers.

"I did some very stupid things," Jacobsen told U.S. District Judge George King at his sentencing Monday in Los Angeles.

Jacobsen was able to read some sensitive information that Special Agent Peter Cavicchia had access to through his wireless T-Mobile Sidekick device. No investigations were compromised, the Secret Service said.
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