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OU Sleuths Track Down Hackers

(Norman-AP) -- A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for
the alleged hacker accused of compromising the University of
Oklahoma's massive Internet capacity.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Larry Breding is accused of violating
the state's computer crimes act. Breding allegedly linked an
illegal web site to OU's system, using up nearly all of the
university's Internet space.

It took a year and 25 thousand dollars in training and special
equipment for detectives to gather the evidence they needed. Police
say it's the first time they've had to deal with a case like this.

The law enforcement officials say hackers and crackers who roam
the Internet are no different than the bandits of more than a
century ago ruling the lawless West.

(Copyright 1999 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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