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[ISN] IBM BIG SON-BURNED
From: InfoSec News (isnc4i.org)
Date: Fri Mar 28 2003 - 01:25:45 CST
[Its 10pm, do you know where *YOUR* child is? - WK]
By KIERAN CROWLEY
March 27, 2003
The father of the 17-year-old alleged hacker arrested on Long Island
in a $100,000 credit-card computer scam is a security maven for IBM -
who specializes in fighting hackers.
Suspect Loren Anderson is the son of Clain Anderson of Chapel Hill,
N.C., who is IBM's director of client security.
Loren is accused of masterminding an identity-theft operation that was
used to illegally withdraw cash from ATMs on Long Island.
When reached by The Post on Long Island, the elder Anderson said his
son "has never been arrested before." Asked how it felt, as a computer
security executive, to have his own son arrested for computer fraud,
he replied, "I have no comment."
On Tuesday, Clain and wife Pamela traveled to New York from Chapel
Hill to hire a lawyer for their son.
"His father is definitely feeling the pain, given his career," said
computer-hacker expert and author Dan Verton, who served on a
computer-security panel last year with the elder Anderson.
Verton, author "The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers,"
said such youthful cyberscammers - unlike other criminals - generally
come from good homes and backgrounds.
He said it was likely that Loren had "top-of-the-line equipment to
learn on" at home because of his father's career. The problem is that
schools do not teach enough about cyber-rights and wrongs, Verton
"We're giving them the keys to a very powerful weapons system and
we're not teaching them the ethical use" of computers, said Verton.
The elder Anderson lectures to the computer industry on security
issues. He is scheduled to give one such lecture, "Defending
Cyberspace," in Miami in May.
Loren, a brilliant young man who's a whiz with computers, dropped out
of the academically rigorous Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill in
December and came to Long Island.
His lawyer, Ron Bekoff, yesterday said the teen's $100,000 bail was "a
bit outrageous" for a first offender.
Loren Anderson was being held in lieu of the bail at the Nassau County
Jail in East Meadow. Nassau County Detective Sgt. Lucy Guido said
Loren had been running his ATM counterfeiting scheme in North Carolina
for nine months before moving from his family's home.
The teen lived in Long Island hotels for two months before renting a
$2,300-a-month luxury garden apartment in East Norwich, Guido said.
Eric Slutsky, 18, of Jericho was charged, along with Anderson, with
grand larceny, ID theft and criminal possession of a forged
instrument. Terrence Walker, 18, of Merrick, was charged with criminal
solicitation for allegedly driving the others to ATMs.
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