Security firm charged with computer crimes

Wednesday, 1 October 2003, 2:48 PM EST

The head of security firm Forensic Tec Solutions was arraigned on Tuesday by federal prosecutors on computer crime charges stemming from the company's intrusion into several government and military computers last year.

The company publicised the attacks in August 2002, telling The Washington Post that the ease with which the consultants were able to breach the systems' security indicated flaws in the nation's most sensitive computers.

On Monday, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California unsealed a January 2003 grand jury indictment, charging the president of Forensic Tec, Brett Edward O'Keefe, with conspiracy and five violations of computer-crime statutes. The indictment alleged that Forensic Tec's activities were a publicity stunt intended to drum up clients for the small company.

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