US man pleads guilty to hacking Department of Energy, other sites

The Pennsylvania man hacked into computer networks and offered to sell log-in credentials

A Pennsylvania man who was allegedly a member of the computer hacking group the Underground Intelligence Agency has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and two counts of computer intrusion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Andrew James Miller, 23, of Devon, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He and other hackers conspired to install backdoors into computer networks and sell root access to those networks, according to court documents.

Between 2008 and 2010, Miller gained access to the computer networks of a Massachusetts telecommunications provider's network, a Colorado advertising agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, according to court documents. He then offered, in online chats, to sell log-in credentials to those networks for up to US$1,000, according to the indictment filed in the Massachusetts court.

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 19. The maximum penalty for the conspiracy count is five years in prison. One of the computer intrusion counts carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and the other, involving intentional damage to a private computer, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is grant_gross@idg.com.

Tags U.S. Department of JusticeU.S. Department of EnergyU.S. District Court for the District of MassachusettslegalcybercrimeAndrew James Miller

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