Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hacking Charges Denied.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Northern Bureau

LANL Worker Says Online Culprit Used His Computer

SANTA FE A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee accused of hacking into several well-known national Web sites says a criminal broke into his computer and used it to commit the crimes.

Jerome T. Heckenkamp, 21, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi in Albuquerque Thursday and waived the hearings necessary to extradite him to California, where the victim companies have their headquarters.

Heckenkamp was released from jail without bond Wednesday on the condition that he get a job, show up at all his court appointments and stay away from computers.

He was hired by the Los Alamos National Lab in June but hasn't been to work since his arrest Tuesday. He is accused of committing the hacking crimes during 1999, while he was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Heckenkamp said lab officials came to his apartment late Wednesday and took the two lab-owned computers he was using. …

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