A New Jersey jury in the southern United States has accused a British citizen of illegally infiltrating the Army’s computer system, the National Security Agency (NSA) and other US agencies, the Justice Department said Monday. . Lauri Love, 28, of Stradishall, England, was also charged with conspiracy, the statement said.
US officials said British police had arrested Love at his home last Friday. According to the indictment, Love and others invaded thousands of computer systems between October 2012 and October 2013. Once inside the systems, they performed operations that allowed them to return to these computers later to steal confidential information.
The stolen data included the personal identification of military service personnel. Such intrusions “pose significant risks to national security and our military operations,” said Daniel Andres, director of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command.
According to the statement, hackers wanted to “steal large amounts of private information” in order to “affect US government operations and infrastructure.” Prosecutors said the attacks caused damages worth millions of dollars, but provided no further details.
Another lawsuit against Love is pending in the state of Virginia in the eastern United States, the Justice Department said.