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Hacker Pleads Guilty to Breaching NASA Servers

A Texan who was accused of a stealing more than a quarter-million dollars from a subsidiary of e-commerce company Digital River Inc. by redirecting electronic payment transfers to his own account has pleaded guilty, according to the Justice Department.

Jeremey Parker, 26, admitted to hacking into computer networks at SWReg, stealing about $275,000. He also acknowledged breaking into two computer servers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., making freely available information that normally can be accessed only by paying members of the scientific community.

Parker was not officially charged in Maryland in connection with the NASA incident, but two U.S. attorneys agreed to have the activity treated as relevant for sentencing purposes in Minnesota.

Parker faces 20 years in prison on the wire fraud charge and 10 years on the hacking charge. His sentencing has yet to be scheduled.

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