Threatwatch

Hacker fesses to pawning U.S. supercomputer logins

Network intrusion; Stolen credentials; User accounts compromised

The 24-year-old Pennsylvanian tried selling Energy Department supercomputer passwords to an undercover FBI agent.

According to court filings, Andrew James Miller said he had accessed a number of corporate and government systems, including ones at American Express and Google, by hacking employee computers and stealing their logins.

He started out offering lists of usernames and passwords to the agent for between $500 and $1,000 and then tried to get $50,000 for access to a supercomputer at Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, according to court transcripts.

Miller, AKA "Green", was part of the hacker group Underground Intelligence Agency.  “He was set up with the undercover Fed after the FBI turned fellow member Robert ‘Intel’ Burns into a witness in 2010, the Register reports. 

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sector

Energy; Government (U.S.)

reported

August 28, 2013

reported by

The Register

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

United States

perpetrators

Criminals

location of perpetrators

United States

date breach occurred

Unknown

date breach detected

After 2010