Hacker gets 45 months in jail for stealing encrypted personal data & launching cyber attacks

07 November 2016 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

A federal judge sentenced NullCrew hacker Timothy Justen French to prison for playing a “central role in an extensive, deliberate, and destructive hacking campaign that inflicted widespread and serious harm to businesses, governments, non-profits, and thousands of individuals”…which “ cyber-attacks caused at least $792,000 in monetary loss to victim companies, universities and governmental bodies.” On November 1, 2016 US District Judge Gary Feinerman (Chicago) sentenced French based on the US Attorney William Ridgway’s argument that:

The defendant played a central role in an extensive, deliberate, and destructive hacking campaign that inflicted widespread and serious harm to businesses, governments, non-profits, and thousands of individuals,

He disseminated online the usernames, email accounts, and passwords for thousands of individuals, which not only violated their privacy and sense of online security, it exposed them to financial fraud and identity theft.

The Department of Justice reported about French and his group:

NullCrew is a group of computer hackers who carried out a series of cyber-attacks in the United States and throughout the world.  To publicize their intrusions, French and other members of NullCrew maintained Twitter accounts, including @NullCrew_FTS and @OfficialNull, which they used to announce their cyber-attacks and ridicule their victims by publicly disclosing the confidential information they had stolen, according to French’s plea declaration. 

French hid his true identity by using Internet aliases, including “Orbit,” “@Orbit_g1rl,” “crysis,” “rootcrysis,” and “c0rps3.”

French participated in at least seven cyber-attacks while a member of NullCrew from 2012 to 2014.  One of the attacks was carried out against a large Canadian telecommunications company, while another attack targeted a U.S. state, according to the plea declaration.

Unfortunately we are bound to see more cyber crimes of this sort!

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