A British man is facing charges of hacking into computer servers belonging to the U.S. Federal Reserve, and then stealing and publicly disclosing personal information of people who use them.
Lauri Love, of Suffolk, England, ended up charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday with one count each of computer hacking and aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the hacking charge and another two years on the identity theft charge.
The defendant had been under arrest since October in England, and charged by U.S. and British authorities with hacking into and stealing data from a variety of U.S. government computer systems, including those run by the military.
Love, called a “sophisticated computer hacker” by law enforcement officials, faces separate federal charges in New Jersey and Virginia. He used aliases including “nsh,” “peace,” “shift,” “route” and “Smedley Butler,” according to the government.
A felony complaint filed by the U.S. against Love last year remains under seal. An arrest warrant filed in that case claims from October 2012 to August 2013 Love hacked into computers belonging to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Love and unidentified accomplices gained access to the systems by exploiting vulnerability in Adobe Systems Inc.’s ColdFusion software, which builds and administers websites and databases, according to the arrest warrant.