U.K. Man Charged with Hacking Into U.S. Army, NASA Networks

The U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) recently announced that a 28-year-old British man was arrested on October 25, 2013, “on suspicion of network intrusion offences against the U.S. Army, U.S. Military and the U.S. Government” (h/t Infosecurity).

The FBI, which identifies the 28-year-old as Lauri Love of Stradishall, U.K., states that Love has been indicted on one count of access a U.S. department of agency computer without authorization and one count of conspiring to do the same.

The indictment alleges that Love and others breached the computer systems of the U.S. Army, U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and NASA between October 2012 and October 2013, stealing thousands of people’s personally identifiable information (PII) and causing millions of dollars in losses.

According to the indictment, Love and his co-conspirators planned their attacks via online chats during which they allegedly claimed that their objectives were to steal large quantities of data in order to disrupt the operations and infrastructure of the U.S. government.

“This arrest is the culmination of close joint working by the NCA, Police Scotland and our international partners,” Andy Archibald, head of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said in a statement. “Cyber criminals should be aware that no matter where in the world you commit cyber crime, even from remote places, you can and will be identified and held accountable for your actions. The NCA has well developed law enforcement alliances globally and we will pursue and deal robustly with cyber criminals.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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