FBI targets reporters' hacker notes

Thursday, 2 October 2003, 2:43 PM EST

The FBI has notified 13 reporters that it might subpoena their records regarding a hacker charged with breaking into The New York Times' computer system.

A September 19 letter from the FBI directs Associated Press reporter Ted Bridis to preserve any documents pertaining to Adrian Lamo stating that the request is in anticipation of an order requiring materials to be turned over to federal law enforcement authorities. The FBI said that similar letters went to 12 other reporters or news organizations, which the agency did not identify.

Lamo, 22, has acknowledged hacking computer systems in the past two years, including the news pages of Yahoo!, and the public web site of WorldCom. He worked with the companies to fix the security weaknesses.

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