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Teenager charged with computer hacking
WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire -- Federal authorities arrested a 17-year-old New Hampshire high school dropout Wednesday and charged him with hacking into a California Web site.
Dennis M. Moran, who calls himself "Coolio" on the Internet, was arrested at his parents' home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, on felony charges for allegedly gaining unauthorized access to a DARE.com computer system in Los Angeles.
Moran surrendered without incident and was charged as an adult with two counts of unauthorized access to a computer system. Each charge carries up to 15 years in prison.
He was released on $5,000 bail, and no arraignment was set.
Moran allegedly gained unauthorized access to the anti-drug Web site on two occasions last November, New Hampshire Attorney General Philip T. McLaughlin said.
He said Moran allegedly defaced the site with pro-drug messages and images, including one of Donald Duck with a hypodermic syringe in his arm.
The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles division of the FBI conducted the initial investigation.
When they discovered that the computer intrusion at DARE had originated in New Hampshire, they referred the case to the FBI's New England office and to New Hampshire authorities, an FBI press release said.
Moran's home computer was confiscated several weeks ago by the FBI, an official in Los Angeles said.
Rather than seeking the extradition of a minor to California, authorities charged Moran as an adult in New Hampshire, where he allegedly used his computer to infiltrate the Web site.
Moran may face more charges: It has been reported that someone using the name "Coolio" and "Mafia Boy" used an Internet chat room to claim responsibility for interruptions last month in the computer systems of yahoo.com, ebay.com, buy.com and several other large Web sites.
"Coolio," however, is a popular name on the Internet. Moran has denied involvement in those attacks, referred to in the computer industry as "distributed denial of service" attacks, or DDOS.
But the charges against Moran filed Wednesday involved "unauthorized access" to a computer system, and not a DDOS.
CNN's Susan Reed contributed to this report
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