MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Texas man who admitted hacking into the computer systems of a Minnesota company and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Jeremey Parker, 26, of Houston, pleaded guilty in February to one count of wire fraud.

According to a plea agreement, Parker admitted that from December 2008 through October 2009 he hacked into the computer networks of Eden Prairie-based Digital River and stole about $275,000.

He also admitted that in September 2009, he hacked into two NASA computer servers that supported oceanographic data being sent back to Earth via satellites. The NASA servers didn’t control the satellites themselves, but allowed researchers who paid a fee to access the data coming from the satellites.

Prosecutors said when Parker hacked into the servers, he made the data freely available. NASA spent about $43,000 to repair the damage.

Comments (15)
  1. Les Johnson says:

    Kill this idiot. Why is this a 2 year sentence?

  2. N3Wschool says:

    @lesjohnson …”kill this idiot? ” Maybe instead of putting him in jail for 2 years put him to work for the government because there are A LOT more people than him hacking into private and government computer systems.

    1. Les Johnson says:

      And every one of them should be hung from the tallest tree in town.

      Taking from others should be a capital crime.

      There is no excuse for being a thief.

  3. John G says:

    I guess i see it a bit differently.

    The way I see it thats a pretty big security hole he showed them.

    Had it been another country/hacker to find it we may not be so lucky as to only have data streamed freely.

    Yes what he did was wrong and he should pay for it by doing time.

    However that time should be spent using his skills to find other open holes in the system to patch them before someone not as nice finds them..

    1. Les Johnson says:

      There are plenty of qualified non-felons who can perform that task and won’t commit a crime in the process.

      We have no need for people such as this in our society. They are enemies of the human race.

      Take from someone else = bullet in the brain. There is no excuse. NONE.

  4. Les Johnson says:

    That being said though,that guy must be pretty smart with computers huh? I mean to do all that takes some smarts. wow!

    1. Yukon Cornelius says:

      You know what DOESN’T take smarts? Copying someone else’s name on a comment section of a newspaper article because his comments hurt you so bad that you cried last night.

  5. Les Johnson says:

    I like to roll around on the floor naked in meatless spaghetti with my alter ego Yukon Cornelius. I’m so smart that I need two aliases on the WCCO message boards.

  6. hate the system says:

    I agree, instead of putting him in prison, he should be put to work securing other systems. Sure there are other “non-felon” hackers out there, but they aren’t nearly as skilled as these guys who can hack NASA!!!!!!!!! To be a great hacker you have to break the “law” for practice and experience. Sure he took money and should be punished for that alone, but if their system was more secure, he wouldn’t have been able to take it in the first place.

    1. just a thought says:

      ive never heard of a hacker getting an actual sentence, If there successful at hacking whatever and no one sees it there usually offered a job. For the simple fact that NO ONE caught them till it was to late..

  7. Yukon Cornelius says:

    So you want criminals to secure government and NASA systems.

    I can tell you don’t see the flaw in that idea at all, do you?

  8. hate the system says:

    Not necessarily government or NASA systems, but there are company’s that need the help of a skilled hacker to fix their flaws, his time could be better spend than sitting in prison, because he’s probably going to get out and get right back at it, except this time he’s going to be smarter and hopefully not get caught.

  9. just a hacker says:

    Ive never actually heard of a hacker getting sentenced, there always offered jobs in whatever area they hacked just because no one saw it till it was to late.. And there are plenty of Hackers that are doing jobs securing and check forgery. Granted he stole some cash but in the event that they get jobs they have to pay it back..

    1. Yukon Cornelius says:

      “Ive never actually heard of a hacker getting sentenced, there always offered jobs in whatever area they hacked just because no one saw it till it was to late..”

      I don’t believe you. I’ve ONLY seen the opposite.

      1. just a hacker says:

        where and when?? Any major hacking that has taken place in the past few years has gone on to work for the FBI or another branch of the government.. And they have done this since the 70s. Even the jokester that hacked paris hiltons phone now works for the FBI., The I LOVE YOU virus builder same thing. this is no different then those if anything better in my opinion.. And by better I mean it was nasa……..huge bragging rights for that hacker

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