Russian Immigrant Arrested for Allegedly Hacking Computers


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 and was sent back to Florida, where police issued an arrest warrant for Sinilnikov for violating his probation on a previous conviction on identity fraud.

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 the California incidents.

U.S. Secret Service officials initially tipped off Caltech authorities that they had detected Sinilnikov through electronic surveillance trying to tamper with a computer.

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.

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