Hackers accused of tapping into Annapolis computers

August 14, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

Two Anne Arundel County teen-agers have been arrested and charged with tapping into the computer systems at the Annapolis Police Department and Annapolis city government, police said yesterday.

County police and FBI agents raided the homes of a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old Friday night and seized two computer systems that authorities said will be examined by experts to learn the scope of the entries.

A 15-year-old arrested at a house in the first block of Clara Circle in Glen Burnie was charged with five counts of illegal computer access.

A 17-year-old arrested at a house in the 2700 block of Ogleton Road in Annapolis was charged with three counts of illegal computer access.

The suspects' names were not released because of their ages. Officer Maxwell Frye, a county police spokesman, said both youths were released to the custody of their parents.

Officer Frye said the investigation began early last week when a detective in the Northern District got a call about alleged illegal use of computers.

The spokesman said the investigation culminated in the search Friday night, but he could not provide any details.

Annapolis officials were at a loss to say which files or computers were accessed.

Lt. Gary Simpson, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department, refused to comment. He said a written statement would be issued tomorrow.

Tom Roskelly, the public information officer and director of tourism for Annapolis, said he knew nothing about the break-ins yesterday.

"This is the very first I've ever heard about it," Mr. Roskelly said. "I have not heard of any irregularity."

Mr. Roskelly said the city runs a computer bulletin board called Citynet for its employees, which includes electronic mail messages.

He said access through passwords could get a user into records dealing with public works, finance and personnel.

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