Reply To: OCU C)DFE Week 01 Discussion

Kevin Mehok

IST2900 Digital Forensic Examiner
Week One Discussion
Kevin Mehok

There literally countless computer fraud cases and cybercrimes that have been well documented.
I have raised three daughters, and this case stood out like a sore thumb for me. At the tender of age 15, Jonathan James hacked into NASA and the Pentagon back in 1999 (RedLaw, 2021). Using the name “C0mrade,” James stole software and data valued at nearly $2 million and forced NASA to shut down for 21 days (RedLaw, 2021). Not content with being the first person to successfully hack the Defense Department, James went on to breach the security at prominent private firms (RedLaw, 2021).

In a world that cybercriminals are glorified, this is very concerning. This act should not be considered as a video game or even a challenge. In this particular case, well, it ended, sadly.

By the age of 16, he was arrested and pleaded guilty (RedLaw, 2021). His age kept his sentence at a modest 6-month house arrest and being banned from the computer until he was 18 (RedLaw, 2021). The story, unfortunately, has a tragic ending as eight years later, James was accused of stealing credit card information (RedLaw, 2021). He denied the charges and took his own life (RedLaw, 2021).

God Bless,



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