TN Man Busted for NullCrew Attacks

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 06:06 PM gHale

A 20-year-old Tennessee man is under arrest and facing charges for conspiring to attack five organizations in 2013.

Timothy French, also known as Orbit, is part of the NullCrew hacking group, the FBI said.

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The FBI arrested French at home in Tennessee, without incident, and is still looking for other NullCrew members. It accused the group of ‘dozens’ of high-profile attacks, French stands accused for his involvement in five attacks.

He is facing charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse.

The goal of the NullCrew attacks were to harvest information such as usernames and passwords, according to the Department of Justice (DoJ).

“Cyber crime sometimes involves new-age technology but age-old criminal activity – unlawful intrusion, theft of confidential information and financial harm to victims,” said Zachary Fardon, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

“Hackers who think they can anonymously steal private business and personal information from computer systems should be aware that we are determined to find them, to prosecute pernicious online activity and to protect cyber victims,” he said.

In 2012 NullCrew claimed a successful attack on Sony, yielding hundreds of passwords.

The DoJ said that in one incident the group revealed data and information relating to members of a foreign defense ministry. Then around 3,000 individuals suffered the affects of the attack.

The document said the FBI had someone on hand to assist its investigation and used this witness to infiltrate the NullCrew.

French’s charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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