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Multiple break-ins connected to Cisco hack

by Nikola Strahija on May 10th, 2005 A theft of computer source code from Cisco Systems, reported a year ago, has led to a wide-ranging FBI investigation of potential criminal activity involving multiple server break-ins in several countries.

Swedish police last week confiscated computer equipment from a 16-year-old, the U.K.'s Metropolitan Police executed two search warrants in September, and arrested a 20-year-old man. The suspect's computer equipment was confiscated.

The FBI, working with law enforcement agencies in several other countries, is looking into "sophisticated" criminal activity involving multiple server intrusions in several countries.

After the Cisco source code theft was announced in May 2004, security experts expressed concern that hackers could use the code to look for security holes in Cisco products. Companies using Cisco's networking products often connect them directly to the Internet without firewalls or other security products.

Cisco applauded the Swedish arrest. "We are very encouraged that an arrest has been made in Sweden and will continue to work with the appropriate law authorities," said David Cook, a Cisco spokesman. "We will take every measure to protect our intellectual property and take this issue extremely seriously, as you would expect."

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