Swede Indicted for Hacking NASA

A 21 year old Swede was indicted in the United States Tuesday on charges of hacking into the computer systems of NASA and the networking giant Cisco Systems.

The US Justice Department says the incidents took place in 2004, and the Swede faces five counts of intrusion and misappropriating trade secrets.

The maximum penalty for each charge is 10 years in prison and a 250,000 dollar fine.

Swedish Radio News and the TT news agency both say the Swede received a suspended sentence in 2007 for hacking into the computers of Swedish universities.

The 21 year old, who is currently studying Computer Science at Uppsala University, says he doesn’t expect to be extradited to the United States, and the Swedish Justice Ministry tells the TT news agency that Swedes can only be extradited to Nordic and EU countries.

The Justice Ministry says there is a possibility the 21 year old could be put on trial here in Sweden.