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Some Internet crimes are still unsolved

Some Internet crimes are still unsolved

A lot of people used to watch a show called “Unsolved Mysteries” because there was just something alluring about crimes that weren’t solved and circumstances that couldn’t be explained. Much like more common crimes, there have been a lot of Internet crimes over the years that have never been cracked.

All the way back in 1989, for example, a group calling itself Worms Against Nuclear Killers decided to target NASA. This was right before the Galileo probe was sent into space, and it was fueled with plutonium. The group hacked NASA’s website and put up messages protesting the probe. NASA got everything taken care of eventually, to the tune of $500,000, but they never figured out who did it.

Another hack happened in 2008, but this time it wasn’t about ideals—it was about money. Hackers cracked the system for Hannaford and Sweetbay, which are grocery stores. By doing so, they were able to get debit card numbers and credit card numbers that belonged to 1,800 people. No one knows how they got into the system, but a lot of people had to get new cards.

A similar attack happened at T.J Maxx, back in 2005. In that case, investigators have figured out how the hackers got in—by exploiting an issue with the wireless credit transfer system. However, Hannaford and Sweetbay did not use the same system, or anything like it, so it’s a mystery.

In cases in which the authorities do believe that they’ve found the people responsible, they must be able to prove it beyond any doubt. It’s crucial that those who are accused know their rights and legal options in Maryland.

Source: PC Mag, “The 10 Most Mysterious Cyber Crimes,” Corinne Iozzio, accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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