Sweden may go after Cisco hacker

The Swedish man charged in the U.S. for stealing IOS source code from Cisco may be prosecuted in Sweden for his alleged misdeed. According to a report from IDG News Service's Mikael Ricknäs, the 21-year-old may face charges in his homeland after a Swedish prosecutor's review of documents from the U.S. case.

Philip Gabriel Pettersson, 21, was indicted by U.S. authorities on Tuesday on one count of intrusion and two counts of misappropriation of trade secrets, according to Ricknäs' story. He was also indicted on two counts of intrusion involving NASA. Each count of intrusion and theft of trade secrets carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The U.S. Justice Department identified Pettersson as "Stakkato," the hacker who in May 2004 posted parts of IOS source code on a Russian Web site, an act some said might threaten the stability and security of the Internet by giving other hackers insight into Cisco's proprietary software. The DoJ says Pettersson intentionally intruded into Cisco's network between May 12 and May 13, 2004, and misappropriated IOS code, according to a report by IDG News Service's Steve Lawson.

Pettersson is also accused of intrusions at two NASA facilities in the Silicon Valley -- the Ames Research Center and the Advanced Supercomputing Division -- in May and October of 2004.

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