Nabbed: Cops Catch Serial Hacker

Thursday, February 2, 2012 @ 07:02 PM gHale

A man suspected of breaking into the websites of NASA and the Pentagon in a series of high-profile hack attacks is now behind bars, Romanian police said.

Razvan Manole Cernaianu, 20, from Timisoara, is facing charges of publishing details of the SQL injection vulnerabilities discovered on the targeted websites under the hacker handle TinKode.

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The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) also said Cernaianu, an IT student, sold hacking tools from his personal site.

TinKode bragged about breaking into the Royal Navy’s official website in November 2010 and making off with site passwords. Other attacks claimed by TinKode include breaking into the MySQL site (using a SQL injection vulnerability) and the European Space Agency. These exploits did not appear on the arrest log, which focused on the NASA hack and an assault of U.S. Army systems that allegedly resulted in the extraction of confidential data.

Officers from the FBI and NASA took part in the investigation that led to Cernaianu’s arrest.

The motive for all the attacks was all about claiming high-profile scalps, obtaining bragging rights in the process, plus a mix of intellectual curiosity and mischief, rather than any form of money-making scam.

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