06:01 PM ET 01/21/99
Danish Hacker Picks Wrong Victim

     COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ A 19-year-old Danish student picked the
wrong victim when he hacked his way into a home computer. He was arrested
Thursday by the machine's owner _ the head of the Copenhagen police's
special computer crime unit. 
     Detective Arne Gammelgaard had installed an anti-virus program in his
computer at home. On Sunday, it warned him about an intruder and enabled
him to gather information about the visitor. Gammelgaard investigated and
an Internet provider helped track the hacker. 

[An anti-virus computer warned him about an intruder, and enabled
him to gain information about the visitor? A hacker is a person.. a virus
is a piece of software. Hrm.]

     The student, whose name was not released, confessed to hacking and
said he randomly picked the cyber-cop. 
     The hacker was released after he was charged with ``unauthorized
access to another person's documents or programs.'' The maximum penalty is
six month's imprisonment.