N.Y. Federal Reserve Hack Spurs Charges Against U.K. Man

A “sophisticated computer hacker” living in the U.K. was charged with accessing computers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in October 2012 and stealing names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, prosecutors said.

Lauri Love, who was accused last year of stealing confidential data from the U.S. Army and U.S. Missile Defense Agency, was charged in a federal indictment unsealed today in Manhattan with stealing information about users of the New York Fed’s computer system and boasting about it online.

Love, who is in custody in the U.K., was accused of computer hacking and aggravated identity theft. He faces separate federal charges in New Jersey and Virginia. Love used aliases including “nsh,” “peace,” “shift,” “route” and “Smedley Butler,” according to the government.

A felony complaint filed by the U.S. against Love last year remains under seal. An arrest warrant filed in that case claims that from October 2012 to August 2013 Love hacked into computers belonging to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Love and unidentified accomplices allegedly gained access to the systems by exploiting vulnerability in Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE)’s ColdFusion software, which builds and administers websites and databases, according to the arrest warrant.

The case is U.S. v. Love, 14-cr-00126, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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