October 4, 2001

Firing (and hiring) hackers

Author: JT Smith

LinuxSecurity: "In March of 1999, Chris Wiest was dishonorably discharged from the United States
Air Force Academy after being convicted by a military court of "illegally accessing a
computer system and causing damage."

Wiest's court-martial and discharge stemmed from the fact that Wiest had been using
his Air Force computer to access Internet Relay Chat (IRC), an application that allows
multiple users to chat interactively with one another through a single server. But
because of security concerns, the Air Force Academy had prohibited the use of IRC
among its cadets.

Wiest admits he chose to do it anyway."


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