Security Guard Pleads Guilty to Hacking after Posting Incriminating YouTube Video

Paul Lilly

Jesse William McGraw, a former security guard who worked the night shift at a Dallas hospital, has pleaded guilty to two counts of transmitting malicious code, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

It was only a matter of time before the bumbling 25-year-old hacker was caught. In a YouTube video he posted, McGraw, who goes by the alias "Ghost Exodus," shows himself pretending to break into the hospital where he proceeds to install botnet code on a nurse's computer station. While all this is going on, the theme to "Mission Impossible" plays in the background.

So why do it? Apparently McGraw was a member of a hacking group known as the Electronik Tribulation Army, and he installed the botnet code to help take down the website of a rival hacker group, the DoJ said.

McGraw broke into more than 14 computers and now faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the two counts. Sentencing is scheduled for September 16, 2010.

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