Computer hacker sentenced in wire fraud case Middletown man gets federal prison sentence and probation afterward.

June 11, 1991|By Kelly Gilbert | Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff

Computer hacker Leonard Rose Jr., 32, of Middletown, has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and three years of probation afterward for sending stolen UNIX source code to another hacker in Illinois in a case that is part of continuing government crackdown on computer crimes.

Rose, once a member of a nationwide hackers' group called the Legion of Doom, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of wire fraud.

His case in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and a state case in Illinois that was transferred here were connected to the illegal exchange of the UNIX source code owned by Atlantic Telephone & Telegraph Co. and Bell Laboratories.

Rose, known in the computer world by the nickname "Terminus," originally was indicted on charges of computer fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property, but those charges were dropped in a plea bargain in which he agreed to plead guilty to the wire fraud counts.

In imposing sentence, Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered Rose to sell his computer equipment, which was seized in a raid on his home last year, and to tell potential employers in the future of his conviction.

Motz declined to order restitution to AT&T for the theft because Rose, an unemployed computer consultant at the time of his arrest, has what one of his defense attorneys called "a negative net worth."

The judge also said he would let the federal Bureau of Prisons rule on Rose's request to be allowed to take a laptop computer with him to prison when he reports July 10 to start serving his sentence.

Rose's sentence is the longest imposed on any hacker so far in a series of cases involving computer break-ins and source code thefts.

Prosecutor Geoffrey R. Garinther said Rose could accumulate "good time" that would allow him to get out of prison in about 10 months.

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