British Man Charged with Hacking U.S. Federal Reserve


Lauri Love, a citizen of the U.K., was recently charged with one count of computer hacking and one count of aggravated identity theft in connection with his alleged efforts in late 2012 and early 2013 to breach servers belonging to the Federal Reserve Bank.

According to the indictment, from October 2012 through February 2013, Love collaborated with other hackers around the world to access the Federal Reserve's servers, communicating through online chat and messaging in the search for Federal Reserve servers running a specific program that they knew contained a vulnerability.

In October 2012, Love allegedly determined that some of the Federal Reserve's servers were running the program in question, and leveraged a SQL injection vulnerability to access the servers. He then allegedly used that access to steal data, including names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and published the stolen data online.

"As alleged, Lauri Love is a sophisticated hacker who broke into Federal Reserve computers, stole sensitive personal information, and made it widely available, leaving people vulnerable to malicious use of that information," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "We place a high priority on the investigation and prosecution of hackers who intrude into our infrastructure and threaten the personal security of our citizens."

Love was previously charged in October of 2013 with breaching the computer systems of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.