Suspected Pentagon hacker “Wolfenstein” arrested

Graham Cluley

According to media reports, a 23-year-old man has been arrested in Romania, suspected of hacking into US Department of Defense systems in 2006.

According to investigators, Eduard Lucian Mandru, of Iaşi, Romania, is not just a student at the local Faculty of Economy and Business Management, but also the hacker nicknamed “Wolfenstein” who broke into the DoD’s secure network in 2006, infecting computers with a spyware Trojan horse.

It is reported that the hacker accessed networks at the Pentagon via compromised servers in Japan, making it more difficult to identify his true location. Investigators claim that one of the few leads they had was a Yahoo email address linked to the hacker -…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.