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Briton Arrested in Hacking of US Military, Government Sites
Briton Arrested in Hacking of US Military, Government Sites

By Jennifer LeClaire
October 28, 2013 1:41PM

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An indictment unsealed in Newark federal court says that from October 2012 to October 2013, Lauri Love and fellow conspirators hacked into thousands of computer systems. Once inside the compromised networks, they placed hidden "shells" or "back doors," which allowed them to return to the compromised computer systems later and steal confidential data.
 



This time it's not Anonymous. It's not the Syrian Electronic Army or China, either. It's a British man who allegedly hacked into U.S. government computer systems with ill intent.

The U.S. and Britain are both charging the man with breaking into computer systems the military runs. His apparent motive: stealing confidential data and disrupting operations, according to authorities. Lauri Love, 28, allegedly penetrated computer systems belonging to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The hacks resulted in millions of dollars of losses, the FBI said.

"According to the indictment, Lauri Love and conspirators hacked into thousands of networks, including many belonging to the United States military and other government agencies," said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. "As part of their alleged scheme, they stole military data and personal identifying information belonging to servicemen and women. Such conduct endangers the security of our country and is an affront to those who serve."

Setting Up Back Doors

Law enforcement authorities in the United Kingdom, including investigators with the Cyber Crime Unit of the National Crime Agency, arrested Love at his residence on Oct. 25, 2013, in connection with an ongoing NCA investigation. Love was previously charged in New Jersey by federal complaint, also unsealed in connection with his arrest. He also is charged in a criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia with alleged conduct related to other intrusions.

According to the indictment unsealed in Newark federal court, between October 2012 and October 2013, Love and fellow conspirators sought out and hacked into thousands of computer systems. Once inside the compromised networks, Love and his conspirators placed hidden "shells" or "back doors" within the networks, which allowed them to return to the compromised computer systems at a later date and steal confidential data. The stolen data included the personally identifying information of thousands of individuals, some of whom were military servicemen and servicewomen, as well as other non-public material.

Love and his conspirators planned and executed the attacks in secure online chat forums known as Internet relay chats, or IRC, the FBI reported. They communicated in these chats about identifying and locating computer networks vulnerable to cyberattacks and gaining access to and stealing massive amounts of data from those networks. According to the FBI, they also discussed the object of the conspiracy, which was to hack into the computer networks of the government victims and steal large quantities of non-public data, including personally identifying information to disrupt the operations and infrastructure of the United States government. (continued...)

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