Romanian arrested on Pentagon, NASA hacking charges

Romanians arrest suspect accused of hacking into NASA and Pentagon servers in the U.S.

A 20-year-old Romanian has been arrested on charges of hacking into Pentagon and NASA servers, stealing confidential data, and posting it on his personal blog, according to a statement today from the Romanian prosecutors office.

Razvan Manole Cernaianu, an information technology student who allegedly used the online alias "TinKode," offered a software program for sale on his blog and also showed a video that demonstrated how he compromised the servers, officials said.

Romanian officials said they were working with the FBI and NASA representatives on the case. An FBI spokesman in Washington, D.C., did not immediately have comment this afternoon.

The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest told the Associated Press that Cernaianu "used sophisticated hacking tools to gain unauthorized access to government and commercial systems."

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