Print 51 comment(s) - last by rightwingidiot.. on Sep 15 at 10:16 PM

Defendant also sold access to Domino's Pizza domain and other targets; enters plea deal with feds

Consider yourself a "l337 h@X0r"?  Black and gray hats might want to leave their egos at the door after comparing their own illegal exploits to those of Andrew "green" Jackson Miller, a 24-year-old native of Lancaster and Devon, Penn.

The young hacker -- a member of the "Underground Intelligence Agency" (UIA) hacker ring -- over a three-year period from 2008 to 2011 scored root access to a number of corporate and academic computers and clusters.  But Green's biggest score came when he hacked into the Cray XT4 supercomputing cluster at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL).  He gained that access by first hacking into a Japanese University's computer network, as well as Harvard University and the University of California at Davis's (UC Davis) computer networks.

This gave him access to the cluster's nearly tens of thousands of computer cores.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began to close in as Mr. Miller sold his illegally acquired access privileges in 2012.  Talking on internet relay chat (IRC) FBI agents posing as prospective cybercrime buyers recorded Mr. Miller bragging of hacked access to American Express Comp. (AXP), Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), Google Inc. (GOOG), Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE), WordPress, and many more.

The agents established a working relationship with Mr. Miller to lure him in.

Hopper, one of LBL's supercomputers [Image Source: LBL]

They purchased access to Domino's Pizza, Inc.'s (DPZ) domain ($1,000), RNKTel (Mass.) administrative level customer database access ($1,000), and an ISP Layered Tech (Tex.) database with thousands of login credentials ($1,200).  The agents sent payments to Mr. Miller via Western Union Comp. (WU) money orders.

But when Mr. Miller offered to sell them access to the LBL supercomputer for $50,000 USD they arrested him.  Mr. Miller was taken into custody in June 2012 and charge with numerous computer fraud offenses.  His cohort Robert "Intel" Burns -- another UIA member -- pled guilty first, offering up evidence that the court used against Mr. Miller.

Faced with a likely unsuccessful fight to prove his innocence, on Tuesday Mr. Miller entered a plea deal [PDF] in which he reduced what could have been a sentence of 20 years, to 18 months behind bars, in exchange to pleading guilty to violations of:
In addition to his time served Mr. Miller faces three years of court supervision and may be required to pay damages to some of his victims, if he has the means.

Source: U.S. District Judge via Wired

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: How many did you say...?
By amanojaku on 8/28/2013 8:51:33 PM , Rating: 5
It's over 9,000!

RE: How many did you say...?
By Captain Orgazmo on 8/29/13, Rating: -1
RE: How many did you say...?
By sixteenornumber on 8/29/2013 5:25:19 AM , Rating: 3
Congratulations, you win at the internet! Would you like a piece of pie?

I think you mean cake... delicious cake!

RE: How many did you say...?
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/29/2013 9:01:23 AM , Rating: 3
But the cake is a lie....

RE: How many did you say...?
By SuckRaven on 8/29/2013 8:58:19 AM , Rating: 2
How many CPU cores are "nearly tens of thousands"? :)

ten( s ) plural

It's over 9,000!

I think you mean it's over 19,000. But probably better to say a minimum of 19,999. (Even though it's not =)

RE: How many did you say...?
By Totally on 8/29/2013 9:58:27 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't notice the airport behind his house.

RE: How many did you say...?
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/29/2013 10:03:52 AM , Rating: 2

RE: How many did you say...?
By daboom06 on 8/29/2013 9:59:12 AM , Rating: 2
you, sir, lose the internet.

RE: How many did you say...?
By ilt24 on 8/29/2013 10:04:41 AM , Rating: 2
"Cray XT4 supercomputer cluster (Franklin) has 9,660 compute nodes. Each has quad-core AMD processors running at 2.3 GHz. Franklin has 38,640 processor cores, with 8 GB of memory per node and a total 350 TB of usable disk space"

RE: How many did you say...?
By Motoman on 8/29/2013 10:26:51 AM , Rating: 2
No, 10,001 cores would qualify as "tens of thousands," granted that anything above the base unit (in this case ten thousand) is plural.

At any rate, the phrase in the article is very poorly formed.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

Most Popular ArticlesAre you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
Snapchat’s New Sunglasses are a Spectacle – No Pun Intended
September 24, 2016, 9:02 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki