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[ISN] Student faces hacking charges
Forwarded from: William Knowles <wk@xxxxxxx>
By David Waite
Advertiser Courts Writer
April 19, 2003
A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man is facing federal charges for allegedly
hacking into a computer site owned by a Hawai'i company, taking
control of the site and costing the company about $8,400 to fix the
According to a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court, Jason
Starr, a business-college student in Erie, Pa., was able to enter a
computer server belonging to Ohananet, a Hawai'i corporation with an
Starr was able to manipulate the site for about a year following his
unauthorized entry in August 2000 and the damages incurred by the
company included the costs for time spent by Ohananet workers
identifying and solving the problem as well as obtaining a new server
and transferring the data, according to court documents.
Edward Kubo, U.S. attorney for Hawai'i, said the charges allege that
Starr used a computer at Erie Business College to enter Ohananet's
server, which is located in Missouri, without permission.
Starr then took control of the server and changed the account
password, the charges allege.
Starr is also accused of obtaining information about "PayPal" online
payment accounts maintained by Ohananet's president and attempting to
gain unauthorized access to those accounts.
Ohananet maintained a Hawai'i-themed site on the Internet, offering
customers free e-mail and Hawai'i-related merchandise for sale. The
company leased a computer server in Missouri to provide the services.
Its customers were located throughout the country.
If convicted, Starr faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to
The case was investigated by the Cyber Crime Squad of the FBI's
Honolulu office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney
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