recommended reading

Hacker Arrested for Compromising Federal Employee and Service Member Info

Jeff Wasserman/

There's a good chance federal authorities enjoyed arresting Lauri Love, a 28-year-old British man accused of hacking into multiple government agencies over the last year to steal confidential employee information in order to publish it.

New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced the arrest in a statement Monday. Love is charged with one count of "accessing a U.S. department or agency computer without authorization and one count of conspiring to do the same." The U.S. attorney's office says Love faces "five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, on each of the two counts with which he is charged." He was arrested Friday at his home in Stradishall, England by the British Cyber Crime Unit of the National Crime Agency (NCA) after a long investigation with help from the FBI, according to theNew Jersey Star-Ledger

Love and his merry band of compu-anarchist co-conspirators have been hacking multiple U.S. government agencies, including NASA and the Missile Command Agency, since October 2012 up until this month. The group was using secure servers, sometimes ones on the notorious Tor network, to launch attacks on multiple government networks. Once inside, Love and his team would leave "back door" malware code behind, allowing them to reenter the government networks with relative ease. The team coordinated their attacks in secure online chat rooms.

Or, so they thought.

Read the rest at

(Image via Jeff Wasserman/

Threatwatch Alert

Network intrusion

FBI Warns Doctors, Dentists Their FTP Servers Are Targets

See threatwatch report


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.