A North Carolina man pleaded guilty in federal court to being involved in a 2015 conspiracy that hacked the networks of senior government officials, including CIA director John Brennan, and used the stolen information to harass them.
Justin Gray Liverman, 24, who goes by the online name D3F4ULT, admitted to being part of hacker group “Crackas With Attitude,” U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) officials said.
Liverman, along with co-defendant and NC resident Andrew Otto Boggs, breached online accounts of U.S. officials.
Liverman used stolen credentials to gain illegal access to a law enforcement database, found the confidential details of government officers, and posted them on a public website, DoJ officials said.
Liverman also used a paid “phonebombing” service to send threatening messages to one of his victims, authorities say.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 12.