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NASA hacker, on bail, arrested for using stolen credit cards

by phiber on April 21st, 2001 The man who in November pleaded guilty to hacking into NASA computers is in trouble with the FBI again. Jason Allen Diekman, 20 was arrested for using stolen credit card numbers to transfer money through Western Union Corp.
Diekman is scheduled to make his first appearance on wire-fraud charges this afternoon in US District Court in Los Angeles, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the US Attorney's Office.

Diekman was free on a US$100,000 bond after pleading guilty in November to federal charges of hacking into NASA computers and using stolen credit cards numbers to purchase electronic equipment. His sentencing is set for May 14, and he could face a maximum of 16 years in prison for the NASA charges.

The Mission Viejo, California, resident faces new charges of telephoning Western Union and using stolen cards to request that money be transferred to him. Only one of the three transfers was authorized by the credit card company, prosecutors said.

Diekman also admitted that he used a computer to intercept usernames and passwords from universities, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Cornell University and the University of California campuses in Los Angeles and San Diego, prosecutors said.

First Financial Corp--now First Data Corp--bought Western Union in a 1994 auction supervised by a bankruptcy court.


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