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Clever Hacker Gets 10 Months In Prison

LOS ANGELES (CN) - An Indonesian computer hacker's lucrative plot to infiltrate business kiosks and steal credit card codes has ended with a 10-month sentence from a federal judge. Judge Gary Feess also ordered Hario Tandiwidjojo to pay $34,266 in restitution, an amount Tandiwidjojo was able to steal in just three days.

Tandiwidjojo, a 28-year-old undocumented immigrant, pleaded guilty in December to unauthorized access to a protected computer to conduct fraud. Tandiwidjojo said that he hacked into about 60 business kiosk computers run by his former employer, Showcase Business Centers. He ferreted out passwords while working for Showcase to break through the system's four levels of password protections. Then he installed software that harvested credit card information from kiosk customers and sent it to his private Web site.

The FBI in August found equipment in Tandiwidjojo's Lomita apartment that can encode magnetic strips on credit cards, a credit card terminal, bank and gift cards, and a fraudulent California drivers' license with Tandiwidjojo's picture.

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