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Hackers interested in army computers

Date: October 20, 2006

A Wichita man who hacked into 13 U.S. Army computers to steal credit card numbers and account information was sentenced to five years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Matthew R. Decker, 21, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten after pleading guilty in July to reduced charges under a plea deal.

Decker pleaded guilty to one count of accessing a protected computer and one count of possession of unauthorized credit card account access devices.

Credit card victims were defrauded out of $12,557, and it cost the Army $25,000 to respond to the computer theft by conducting damage assessment and restoring data and programs, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren said in a news release.

In his plea agreement, Decker said he accessed the Army computers 17 times from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2003. The computers were located at Fort Monroe, Va.
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