LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Russian immigrant was arrested for allegedly
tampering with computers at the California Institute of Technology and
Pasadena City College to obtain credit card numbers and other personal
information, authorities said.
Dimitri Sinilnikov, 48, was arrested May 24 at Pasadena City College
was sent back to Florida, where police issued an arrest warrant for
Sinilnikov for violating his probation on a previous conviction on identity
Campus security said Sinilnikov tried to install software in the schools'
computer systems that could record the keystrokes of students and other
computer users. They said it appears Sinilnikov was attempting to record
credit card numbers and possibly other personal information.
No charges have been filed yet against Sinilnikov in connection with
U.S. Secret Service officials initially tipped off Caltech authorities
that they had detected Sinilnikov through electronic surveillance trying
tamper with a computer.
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After apparently failing to break into the Caltech computer system,
Sinilnikov crossed the street to Pasadena City College and started working
on a computer, authorities said.