Adrian Lamo, the hacker who allegedly breached the security of large companies and then offered to help them fix the vulnerabilities for free, pleaded guilty to a single hacking charge in federal court last week. Before U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in New York, Lamo pleaded guilty to unauthorized access of the private network of The New York Times, which resulted in losses in the range of $30,000 to $70,000. Lamo faces between six and 12 months imprisonment as a result of the plea, according to federal sentencing guidelines, but the actual sentence is ultimately up to the judge. In court, Lamo read a statement in which he admitted guilt and said, "I know that I crossed a line that should not be crossed, and I'm genuinely remorseful."
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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