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FBI special agents arrest UCF student


Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 18:07

Scott Arciszewski


Scott M. Arciszewski

FBI special agents have arrested a UCF student for an "alleged computer intrusion," according to a press release from the FBI's Tampa Division.

Scott Matthew Arciszewski, a 21-year-old computer engineering major, was arrested "without incident" for his attempt "to target and attack the Infragard Tampa Chapter website," according to the release.

According to the release, InfraGard is an FBI program "designed to establish an alliance between academia, private industry and the FBI."

Chad Binette, the assistant director of UCF News & Information, said UCF police assisted the FBI in the investigation.

On June 21, 2011, Arciszewski created a post on his website that questioned the security of InfraGard.

According to Arciszewski's website, "Not only is [InfraGard's] site not safe, secure, or hacker-proof, but it took me less than 5 minutes to find a vulnerability that could potentially allow anyone to hack in and obtain employee login information, which could in turn be used to gain access to other FBI-affiliate websites and compromise national security. Imagine what damage could be caused if a sophisticated hacker decided to look at their website."

On June 21, Arciszewski also posted on Twitter, under the username voodooKobra, "Infragard Tampa has one hell of an exploit."

He also posted "No matter how intimidating a website or a website's owners might be, that doesn't mean it's necessarily secure" on that same day.

To view the FBI's complaint against Arciszewski, click here

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Brother Jack
Wed Jul 20 2011 15:46
How come there is absolutely no mention in this article about this fellow's motivation? One would think such information would be worth a mention in an article like this. Something tells me this guy may have had good reason to spy on the FBI.
Tue Jul 19 2011 18:54
Clearly the kid fancies himself an u3br 1337 h4x0r, but in actuality he just used Google to find preexisting vulnerabilities. Moreover, and what I find particularly scrumptious, is that the username he did all of this under was the same username that is used for his Facebook profile. Not only that, but he also created a Wikipedia page that correlated his real name to this username. Let's not even get into the fact that he didn't use proxies to carry this out, and did it inside student housing - which all campus internet traffic is logged.

The kid saw some of these high-profile hackers on the internet, thought they were cool, tried to impress them with elementary skills, and ended up getting screwed in the process. Silly Computer Engineers, the super srsly kids go C.S.

Certainly not Anonymous
Tue Jul 19 2011 18:22
Its either, observe exploits and notify the site of their vulnerabilities, or hack the site. There is no middle ground of finding the exploits and posting about it in the internet. It makes you look like an asshat. "Hey everybody, I have found that if you knock the door just about the handle, it will open, I didnt go in and steal anything, but . . . "

Chuckled at the fact that the default name is "Anonymous."

This raid was part of a wider operation throughout the US to apprehend individuals associated with Anonymous.

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