The Local : Hackers Got No Secrets, U.S. Says

<i> From Times wire services</i>

A spy ring of West German computer hackers gained access to lower-level military data banks over the last two years but appears not to have penetrated any system containing classified secrets, the Pentagon said today.

“Based on the information that we have thus far, and this is not complete, . . . our best judgment is that the computer hackers did not penetrate secure programs,” said Pentagon spokesman Dan Howard.

He said a two-week review of the evidence assembled by American and West German authorities suggests that the spy ring never gained access to any computer system containing classified secrets.