Monday 23 April 2018

Hacker-accused faces further charges of FBI breach

Lauri Love was arrested and charged with hacking into the FBI network
Lauri Love was arrested and charged with hacking into the FBI network

John Swaine New York

A man accused of hacking into the computer systems of the US military and NASA has also been charged with breaking into an FBI network and stealing information on its officials.

Lauri Love was arrested at his parents' semi-detached home in Stradishall, Suffolk, after being indicted in a federal court in New Jersey for breaking into systems belonging to the US army and space agency.

Mr Love (28) now faces further charges in the state of Virginia for allegedly hacking the computers of the FBI's digital forensics lab and training centre in order to collect personal data on FBI employees.

Prosecutors also accuse him of hacking into the systems of the US departments of Energy and Health, as well as the US sentencing commission. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, in addition to the potential 10 years for the charges already filed in New Jersey.

In an eight-page affidavit filed to a US court in eastern Virginia, FBI Special Agent James Mackie alleges that Mr Love – using the screenames nsh, route, peace, and shift – "accessed without authorisation protected computers belonging to the United States" and caused at least $25,000 worth of damage.

The former Glasgow University student and his alleged co-conspirators – two from Australia and one from Sweden – are said to have exploited a security vulnerability in software used by many US government agencies for building their websites and databases. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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