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Ex-NASA engineer gets probation in software piracy

Wednesday - 9/4/2013, 4:27pm  ET

RANDALL CHASE
Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. - A former NASA engineer who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy in a copyright infringement scheme led by two Chinese nationals has been sentenced to probation.

Cosburn Wedderburn of Windsor Mill, Md., apologized before being sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday. He and prosecutors noted that he cooperated with federal investigators probing the website called "Crack 99," which sold pirated, industrial-level software in which the access control mechanisms had been "cracked," or circumvented.

The judge agreed with prosecutors that neither Wedderburn nor society would benefit from sending him to prison. The judge sentenced him to one year of probation.

Authorities said Wedderburn made 12 purchases of pirated software, paying $1,800 for goods valued at more than $1 million. The 40-year-old Wedderburn was working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.


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