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On October 23, 1995, a federal judge authorized the use of ‘wiretapping’ in a computer network for the first time. This led to the arrest and extradition of Argentine Julio Cesar Ardita, who accessed several U.S. government sites including the Defense Department and NASA by using several accounts from the Harvard University system.
Ardita pleaded guilty in 1998 on charges unlawfully intercepting and damaging government files and was sentenced to three years’ probation.
During Ardita’s extradition hearing, former Attorney General Janet Reno said, “Cybercrime will turn the Internet into the Wild West of the 21st history.”
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