Accused hacker Lamo released on $250,000 bail

Equity in parents' house used to post bond

Accused computer hacker Adrian Lamo was released on bail after being charged today in federal court with breaking into the computer network of The New York Times Co.

Bail was set at $250,000, and Lamo was released on a bond secured by equity in his parents' house, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe De Marco.

No plea has yet been entered in the case because no indictments have been filed against Lamo, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. The government is continuing to investigate Lamo, and a grand jury is likely to hear evidence about his alleged criminal activities before any indictments are filed, a spokesman said.

Lamo reported to the FBI in New York yesterday after initially surrendering to U.S. marshals in Sacramento on Sept. 9, the spokesman said (see story).

The FBI launched an investigation into Lamo's alleged unauthorized intrusion into the internal networks of The New York Times Co. in February 2002. The company and others learned of the break-in after Lamo spoke openly of his exploits to SecurityFocus reporter Kevin Poulsen, according to Christine Mohan, a spokeswoman at The New York Times.

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