(The Hosting News) – A British man has been charged with breaking into the U.S. Federal Reserve’s server in New York where he stole and publicly posted private information, CNN reports.
The hacker, Lauri Love, infiltrated the Reserve’s computers by exploiting a vulnerability in the database, in which he could face a maximum sentence of 12 years for computer hacking and aggravated identity theft.
He also been accused of going after NASA, the Army, Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Missile Defense Agency, among other U.S. government agencies.
According to New Jersey prosecutors, Love’s attacks “resulted in millions of dollars in damages to the government victims.”
“Lauri Love is a sophisticated hacker,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York said in a statement. “We place a high priority on the investigation and prosecution of hackers who intrude into our infrastructure and threaten the personal security of our citizens.”
In October 2013, he was arrested in the U.K. where he was charged with hacking into government agencies although the U.S. Attorney’s office is unsure if he was held by British authorities, continues CNN.