[ISN] Hacker Gets 16 Months In Prison

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Fri Dec 10 05:43:57 EST 2004


December 9, 2004

SAN DIEGO -- An Arizona man who hacked into business computer e-mail
systems, then stole mortgage refinance leads that he resold for
personal profit, was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in state prison.

Anthony Todd Banasack, 38, pleaded guilty last month to a felony
charge of accessing a computer to take data.

Banasack was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta.

"The defendant victimized companies or individuals over a two- to
three- year period using keystroke logging software that had been
secretly installed on computers from a remote location," said District
Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

In May, a San Diego company detected keystroke logging software, in
which everything typed on its computer keyboards could be replicated
off site by the hacker.

The district attorney's Computer and Technology Crime High Tech
Response Team and a sheriff's detective identified Banasack, who lived
in Tempe, Ariz., as the suspect, authorities said.

Subsequent investigation by the CATCH Team determined that Banasack
had victimized eight corporations in California, authorities said.  
More than 6,000 data files stolen from victims' computers were
recovered from Banasack's computers, investigators said.

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