---- NASA hacker to make House of Lords appeal on Monday
MatthewHSE - 8:50 pm on Jun 27, 2008 (gmt 0)
He has never denied that.
No, but you seem to have been making the argument that since he was such an amateur about the whole thing, he shouldn't be punished. My point is that he isn't an amateur. (Not that it would matter even if he was...)
Say I break into your house in the middle of the night...
That's a false analogy. Your house is your privately-owned house. NASA belongs to the public. So we are not talking about unauthorised snooping of information on a privately owned system - but on a publicly owned system.
Even if this was true (which it isn't - see LifeInAsia's comments), this English guy isn't part of "the public" that owns it. And even if he was, there's plenty of publicly-owned data out there that you can't (and shouldn't) just get for the taking.
It seems like an open-and-shut case to me. He admits hacking the computers. Hacking the computers was a crime. Crime deserves punishment.