August 11, 2001

Hackers get no respect -- but they might be marketable

Author: JT Smith

StarTribune : "'Hackers are a misunderstood lot. And they're more powerful than they realize.' So says John Lee. 'They can destroy, steal or corrupt valuable information if they want to,' Lee said. He should know. In 1992, he earned the distinction of making Wired magazine's "Rogue's Gallery" after he and four cronies (his code name was "Corrupt") were convicted of hacking the networks of AT&T, Bank of America, TRW and the National Security Agency and stealing confidential information from credit reports. Lee was sentenced to a year in time, and he served another year for violating parole. He denies the allegations."

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