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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Hacking Senior Govt. Officials

Justin Liverman, known online as D3F4ULT, allegedly breached a government database and publicized confidential information.

A North Carolina (NC) resident has pleaded guilty in federal court to being involved in a 2015 conspiracy that hacked the networks of senior government officials, including CIA director John Brennan, and used the stolen information to harass them, the AP reports. The 24-year-old Justin Gray Liverman, who goes by the online name D3F4ULT, admitted to being part of hacker group "Crackas With Attitude."

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) says Liverman, along with co-defendant and NC resident Andrew Otto Boggs, allegedly breached online accounts of US officials. He reportedly used stolen credentials to gain illegal access to a law enforcement database, found the confidential details of government officers, and posted them on a public website. Liverman also used a paid "phonebombing" service to send threatening messages to one of his victims, authorities say.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 12.

More details on DoJ release.

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