How teens tapped into Pentagon

Santa Rosa Press Democrat staff writer 

Two small Santa Rosa Internet companies have found themselves 
in the center of a maelstrom, with computer experts from the FBI, 
the Pentagon and the National Security Council using them as a 
base to crack what may be the largest computer hacking case ever 
in the United States.
Since mid-January, two high school sophomores from Cloverdale are 
suspected of using Sonic Interconnect and NetDex Inc., two Santa Rosa
companies that provide Internet access, to illegally and methodically 
access virtually hundreds of computers in the Pentagon, on military
bases, in defense laboratories and in universities.


Investigators arrive
Zane said he continued tracking the hackers, with help from the FBI, 
which had its entire 10-man computer investigation team on the case, 
and consultants from the National Security Council and the Pentagon.

Two weeks ago, those federal experts spent considerable time at Sonic 
and NetDex working on the case. Sonic officials said they couldn't
confirm their involvement, nor comment on the case.


Most often, the experts say, hackers work in small groups that 
communicate through Internet discussion and some may not even know 
each other personally. Often, they are frequent participants
in three-dimensional role-playing games such as Dungeons and 
Dragons or the Ultima online game.

More stereotyping. Many kids play Dungeons and Dragons, not
just hackers.