A notorious British hacker faces up to 12 years in jail after US authorities revealed an indictment that accuses him of hacking into Federal Reserve Bank computers and disclosing personal information of those that use it.
Lauri Love, from Suffolk, stands accused of one count each of computer hacking and aggravated identity theft with the first charge carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and the latter charge carries a two-year jail term.
More specifically the indictment, which was unsealed in Manhattan, accuses Love of stealing information concerning users of the New York Federal computer system before bragging about his actions online.
The hackers are thought to have infiltrated the Federal Reserve computer between October 2012 and February 2013 using a method called “sequel injection” to access names, email addresses and phone numbers before posting them online.
"Lauri Love is a sophisticated hacker," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in New York said in a statement, according to MSN.com. "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."
Love, 28, is currently in custody over in the UK and is already a household name in the hacking fraternity after he was detained back in October 2013 for breaking into a range of US government computer systems, including those used by the military, and stealing data.
Back then he was charged on one count of accessing a US department or agency computer without express permission and another of conspiracy, by authorities in New Jersey and Virginia.
Prosecutors alleged back then that Love and co-conspirators from around the world installed hidden “back doors” or “shells” to hack into networks between October 2012 and October 2013. This meant that at a later date the hackers could use the back doors in order to steal data from US governmental sites.
Love used IRC chat rooms to talk to his accomplices and used a variety of different alias including “nsh,” “peace,” “shift,” and “Smedley Butler,” according to the US government.