A US man has been arrested for allegedly hacking into two computers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1998, according to local reports.
Raymond Torricelli of New York is alleged to have used one of the computers to host online chat rooms about hacking, and the other to intercept user names and passwords of traffic from San Jose State University and Georgia Southern University.
The computers are housed at Nasa's site in Pasadena, California. One carries out satellite design and mission analysis, and the other is used as a communications server.
Torricelli is also accused of stealing credit card numbers that were used to pay for $10,000 worth of unauthorised transactions, and is alleged to have earned $5200 for using the systems to send out unsolicited adverts for a porn website.
The alleged attack, which is said to have been made in 1998, is separate from a 1997 incident in which a hacker is claimed to have interfered with vital astronaut monitoring systems while a Nasa shuttle docked with the Russian Mir space station.
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