In 1999, a grand jury in Virginia
indicted Eric Burns, then aged 19 years, on three counts of computer intrusion.
BurnsÂ’ moniker on the Internet
was Â“ZyklonÂ” and he was thought to be a group member of the gang claiming
responsibility for attacks on the White House and Senate Websites. Burns was
accused of cracking not only a computer used by the U.S. Information Agency
between the period of August 1998 and January 1999 but also two other
computersÂ—one owned by LaserNet in Virginia and the other owned by Issue
Dynamics, Inc. in Washington. A woman named Crystal, who was the cyberstalking target and classmate of
Zyklon, identified Eric Burns as Zyklon to the FBI.
That, along with a tip from an Internet informant, took FBI agents to an
apartment building where Eric lived with his mother. Though the FBI did not
arrest Eric the morning they raided his apartment, they seized a cache of
evidence and his computer. The
judge hearing the case ruled that Burns should serve 15 months in federal
prison, pay $36,240 in restitution, and not be allowed to touch a computer for
three years after his prison release.
Computer; Cyberstalkers and Cyberstalking; Federal Bureau of Investigation
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