The Spanish hacker

The Spanish government has announced that one its citizens was detained last week on suspicion of having compromised the security of a US Navy yard used in the maintenance of nuclear submarines.

What's interesting about the case is that the alleged hacker used the Internet to penetrate a US Defence Department computer in the Point Loma naval base in San Diego.

US DoD experts are quoted as saying that intrusion was detected by US Navy computer experts, who then tipped off the US National Criminal Intelligence Service, who in turn traced the intruder to a computer in Spain.

Details of the computer break-in were then communicated to the cyber-terrorism unit of the Spanish Civil Guard, who then uncovered a group of people involved in hacking.

The investigation led to a PC users in Malaga in southern Spain, who had interfered with a computer linked to a dry dock in Point Loma, which is used to maintain nuclear submarines.

Four other members of the hacking group were also detained. Police suspect the group may have caused security breaches in over 100 computer systems around the world...