POSTED: 7:31 pm EDT August 31, 2004
UPDATED: 7:47 pm EDT August 31, 2004

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — An investigation conducted by the Pittsburgh High Tech Crimes Task Force, which includes the Pittsburgh FBI office and the state police, has led to the arrest of a New Kensington man.

According to police, a computer hacking complaint at a business prompted an investigation. The investigation revealed 2,000 stolen credit cards and logs showing hundreds of computer intrusions.

Michael Wally, 21, has been charged with 40 counts of unlawful use of computers, 134 counts of criminal use of a communication facility, 42 counts of identity theft and 100 counts of criminal attempt unlawful use of computers, according to the police report.

Police said the investigation will continue and additional arrests may be made.

POSTED: 10:53 am EDT September 1, 2004
UPDATED: 11:21 am EDT September 1, 2004

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — A joint investigation between Pittsburgh and the state’s Computer Crimes Task Force led to an arrest Tuesday in New Kensington.

State police in Indiana County said Michael Wally confessed to hacking into thousands of computers.

He then allegedly set up a bragging Web site for his computer friends to view.

After he was arrested, police confiscated 15 computers and 2,000 stolen credit cards.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Robert Erdely said, “He is basically showing off to his friends that he had this large war-dialing. To war dial is to dial at random that identify computer systems that have modems attached to them. And then he attempts to use them to gain access into those systems.”

Wally is charged with 42 counts of identity theft.

He’s also charged with 100 counts of unlawful use of a computer, which is punishable with up to seven years in prison for each count.