[ISN] Navy Systems Administrator Arrested on Hacking Charges

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303417104579544551961937712.html By Andrew Grossman The Wall Street Journal May 5, 2014 WASHINGTON —- A Navy systems administrator assigned to the nuclear reactor department of an aircraft carrier was also the leader of an antigovernment hacking group, prosecutors alleged Monday. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Nicholas Knight, an alleged hacker since age 16, led Team Digi7al, a group that broke into networks belonging to more than 30 governments, companies and individuals throughout 2012 and stole personal information about employees and customers. The group, motivated by a mix of antigovernment politics, boredom and desire to prove itself to the hacking community, then posted some of the information online, according to the charging document filed in federal court in Tulsa, Okla., Monday. Mr. Knight’s arrest is a reminder of the dilemma the government faces as it seeks to recruit young adults with hacker-grade computer chops. Often times, they are indeed hackers. Some aren’t yet ready to give up the darker side of technology or, in the case of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, they hold beliefs that may clash with the Pentagon. […]




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