The Latest: Man pleads not guilty in hospital computer hack

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Posted: Oct 26, 2016 3:37 PM
The Latest: Man pleads not guilty in hospital computer hack

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a man who acknowledges launching a computer network attack against Boston Children's Hospital (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

A Massachusetts man charged in a 2014 computer network attack against Boston Children's Hospital fell to the floor after he was arraigned.

Martin Gottesfeld has been on a hunger strike. Wednesday was the 23rd day of his fast.

During his arraignment in US District Court, Gottesfeld pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and intentionally causing damage to protected computers.

As he rose from his chair, Gottesfeld fell. It was unclear whether he tripped or fainted. The judge called for a nurse and cleared the courtroom. A wheelchair was brought in.

As Gottesfeld entered the courtroom, he called to his wife that he'd lost 25-and-half pounds.

Gottesfeld says he launched the attacks to protest the treatment of a Connecticut teenager at the center of a custody fight between Massachusetts and her parents.

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12:44 a.m.

A Massachusetts man who acknowledges launching a computer network attack against Boston Children's Hospital is unapologetic and now waging a hunger strike in prison as he awaits trial.

Martin Gottesfeld says he will continue his three-week-old fast until the presidential candidates pledge to protect institutionalized children from abuse. He says he also wants overzealous federal prosecutors to halt "political prosecutions" of people accused of crimes he considers harmless.

Gottesfeld's arraignment is set for Wednesday on charges of conspiracy and intentionally causing damage to protected computers in the 2014 hack on the hospital and a related attack on a residential treatment facility.

He says he launched the attacks to protest the treatment of a Connecticut teenager who was at the center of a custody fight between Massachusetts and her parents.