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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

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bragging rights
By wolfmanjam on 8/29/2013 9:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
thats gotta be one of the most rookie mistakes. who the hell does something that high profile and then brags about it? the only way to ensure your safety from being sold out is to not talk about it with ANYONE. if this guy had just kept quiet, no one would have been any the wiser

RE: bragging rights
By Makaveli on 8/29/2013 9:24:01 AM , Rating: 2
Good point but it just goes to show you can't trust no one.

the next guy will sell you out to not serve jail time in a heartbeat.

so few rookie mistakes were made.

RE: bragging rights
By rightwingidiots on 9/15/2013 10:16:01 PM , Rating: 1
yea his friend/associate is most certainly scum. Whats hilarious is they put his name out here LOL. if I ever meet mr "intel" remind me to slap the livingfuckshit out of him for being a backstabbing cunt.

RE: bragging rights
By ammaross on 8/29/2013 10:53:03 AM , Rating: 2
He didn't "brag" about it. He simply offered to sell the credentials to a repeat customer...that just happened to be the Feds...

RE: bragging rights
By R3T4rd on 8/29/2013 11:02:22 AM , Rating: 2
First rule of hacking: You don't talk about hacking.

Second rule of hacking: You don't talk about hacking.

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