Northern District of Oklahoma United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. this week announced that two men have been charged with conspiring to hack nearly three-dozen computer systems, including systems operated by the U.S. Navy and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
In June 2012, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (“NCIS”) detected unauthorized access to the Navy’s Smart Web Move (“SWM”) database which the Navy used to manage transfers for military service members. The database contained sensitive records including Social Security numbers and dates of birth for nearly 220,000 active service members.
“The Navy quickly identified the breach and tracked down the alleged culprits through their online activity, revealing an extensive computer hacking scheme committed across the country and even abroad,” said U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams. “We aggressively pursue individuals who steal personal information, especially when they victimize the men and women who bravely defend our country and our Constitution.”
Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, Virginia, and Daniel Trenton Krueger, 20, of Salem, Illinois, and others yet to be identified conspired to hack the systems in order steal identities, obstruct justice, and damage networks while operating under the handle Team Digi7al, and posted links to stolen information on Team Digi7al’s Twitter account.
At the time of the attacks, Knight was an active duty Navy systems administrator assigned to the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and was also the self-proclaimed leader of the Team Digi7al criminal syndicate, while Krueger was a student at an Illinois community college. If convicted they face five years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
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