A United Kingdom man has been indicted on charges he hacked into the United States Federal Reserve Bank servers and transferred confidential information onto public websites, exposing many people’s personal information to potential misuse.
Lauri Love is being charged with computer hacking and aggravated identity theft. He could face more than 10 years in prison if convicted.
The indictment alleges that Love is a “sophisticated computer hacker,” and that from October 2012 through February 2013, he worked with other hackers around the world to break into the Federal Reserve computers, according to an FBI news release. He has been charged in the past with breaking into other U.S. government computers, including those of the FBI, according to The Telegraph.
The information he stole included the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of Federal Reserve network users, the indictment says. Love then allegedly made that information public by posting it to a website that previously had been hacked and that he controlled.
"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," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.