Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

LANL Worker Denies Hacking Charges.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

Suspect Blames Online Culprit

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 on 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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