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Thursday, 19 March, 1998, 14:58 GMT
Three Israeli teens caught after Pentagon hack
The Pentagon's computers were among those entered by the teenager hackers
The Pentagon's computers were among those entered by the teenager hackers
Three Israelis, all 18 years old, have been arrested and questioned over a series of attacks on Pentagon and other computers earlier this year.

They were later released without charge but are under house arrest.

"The preliminary investigation shows that the suspects did not commit the offence for their personal benefit," said a police spokeswoman Linda Menuhin.

"The investigation was conducted in a good atmosphere and with full cooperation."

She said the arrests were made possible thanks to investigations made within Israel and information forwarded by US agencies.

Ehud Tenebaum, who calls himself "The Analyzer", admitted leading the attack with the other two as accomplices and two others in California who had been questioned earlier by the FBI.

In an interview with the Internet magazine AntiOnline before he was caught, Tenebaum said the security breaches were innocent.

He said that he helped the targets by closing any loopholes he found.

"Since I was going to retire I was going to teach someone of my knowledge and guide him," he said, claiming to know ways into some 400 US Defense Department computer systems.

The US Justice Department said that while intrusions into US military computers were treated as serious incidents, no classified information was ever compromised.

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