Adrian Lamo turns himself in

Wednesday, 10 September 2003, 1:11 PM EST

A hacker who has acknowledged involvement in computer break-ins at The New York Times, Yahoo and other large corporations surrendered Tuesday on a federal arrest warrant from New York.

Adrian Lamo, 22, turned himself in to marshals at the federal courthouse in Sacramento, said FBI spokeswoman Karen Twomey Ernst.

Patty Pontello, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney in Sacramento, said the warrant was sealed and she did not know what the charges were.

Lamo has acknowledged involvement in some dramatic computer break-ins over the past several years at large corporations such as WorldCom and ExciteAtHome.

The Times called the FBI after Lamo browsed sensitive data on its computers, including Social Security numbers for celebrities and government officials who are among the 3,000 contributors to its op-ed page. Lamo also acknowledged changing the text of at least one news story on Yahoo's website in September 2001.

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