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US Navy sysadmin accused of government hacking activities

A Navy sysadmin has been charged for his hacking activity, including targeting government networks using SQL-injection techniques

By: Michael Hatamoto from May 8, 2014 @ 17:42 CDT

U.S. prosecutors have accused Nicholas Knight, 27, of stealing employee and customer data as the leader of the Team Digi7al anti-government hacker group. Knight was a systems administrator for the nuclear reactor department stationed onboard an aircraft carrier, using SQL-injection attacks to compromise systems.


The hacker group reportedly breached at least 30 PCs and networks belonging to end-users, governments, and corporations - and allegedly stole personal employee and customer data. The U.S. Navy, Department of Homeland Security, Harvard, Johns Hopkins University, Toronto Police Department, World Health Organization, and others were targeted by Knight and his hacker team.

The government is attempting to recruit workforce specializing in computer security, but will obviously have to try and recruit specialists that won't essentially go rogue.


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