Philip Gabriel Pettersson had stolen source code for Cisco Systems’ Internetwork Operating System (ION) software several years ago and now he has been indicted. The charges are one count of intrusion and two counts of misappropriation of trade secrets. Pettersson also intruded NASA. The indictment was set up by attorney Joseph Russoniello and The U.S. Department of Justice. The FBI handled the investigation of the crimes.
Cisco’s ION software handles packet routing and the source code was posted briefly on a Russian website. “Stakkato” was the hacker name selected by Pettersson. If charged, Pettersson could face 10 years of prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.