A Pennsylvania man faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to hacking into computer networks and selling access to those networks.
Andrew James Miller, 23, of Devon, PA, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf in the District of Massachusetts to one count of conspiracy and two counts of computer intrusion.
From 2008 to 2011, Miller remotely hacked into a variety of computers located in Massachusetts and elsewhere, and, in some instances, surreptitiously installed backdoors into those computers, according to court documents. These backdoors provided future administrator-level, or root, access to the compromised computers.
Among these computers were also those belonging to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Miller obtained log-in credentials to the compromised computers, according to court documents.
He and his co-conspirators then sold access to these backdoors, as well as other log-in credentials, and among other things, tried to sell to FBI agents access to the corporate network of a Massachusetts-based telecommunications company, sold them access to the Domino’s Pizza’s domain, and more.
The access sold by Miller and his co-conspirators allowed unauthorized people to access various commercial, education and government computer networks.
Wolf scheduled sentencing for Nov. 19. The maximum penalty for the conspiracy count is five years in prison. One of the computer intrusion counts carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and the other, involving intentional damage to a protected computer, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.