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7/5/2017
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'Crackas With Attitude' Hacker Sentenced for Targeting Government Officials

A North Carolina man known as 'Incursio' goes to prison for hacking government systems as well as senior government officials.

A federal judge sentenced a member of the "Crackas With Attitude" group to two years in prison for hacking into US government computer systems, including that of then-CIA director John Brennan.

Andrew Otto Boggs, 23, of North Wilkesboro, NC, was sentenced for gaining unauthorized access to government computer systems and online accounts of several high-level government officials, according to a Department of Justice report.

Boggs, who also goes by the alias of "Incursio," used social engineering with his cohorts to trick more than 10 targeted victims, which resulted in more than $1.5 million in losses to victims. The group hacked into the personal online accounts of the victims and their family members, as well as several government computer systems between October 2015 to February 2016.

In November 2015, Boggs and his cohorts used a victim's government credentials to gain illegal access to a confidential federal law enforcement database. Then, several months later, Boggs posted documents and personal information, such as names and contact information, of tens of thousands of Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security employees on the public Internet.

Read more about Boggs sentencing here.

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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7/7/2017 | 8:27:43 AM
Re: Progress but....
@robert: Probably a bit more elevated than mere "online vandalism." There's a difference between spreading PII (DOBs, SSNs, etc.) -- which essentially encourages and leads to identity theft (if not worse) -- and simply doodling "Kilroy was here" where you're not supposed to.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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7/7/2017 | 8:21:53 AM
Re: Score one for the white hats
> "I'm waiting on our logo to be finished before we commence attacks on governments."

First things first.

Relevant: youtube.com/watch?v=ePBxm3V2_0E
cybersavior
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cybersavior,
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7/6/2017 | 11:46:42 AM
Score one for the white hats
"We'll only be hitting governments and security firms," Boggs said. "I'm waiting on our logo to be finished before we commence attacks on governments."

"I fight authority, authority always wins", said Mellencamp.
robertmcfarlane
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robertmcfarlane,
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7/6/2017 | 7:09:51 AM
Progress but....
there is still a lot of work to be done!

This story first broke back in 2015.  "Crackas With Attitude" is just a group of young misdirected hacktivists. 2 US citizens in their early 20's and 3 teens from the UK, with the ringleader only 15 years old.

The affidavit from the case show Boggs stating - "I want to carry on CRACKA's legacy if or when he is arrested. I know he will receive a harsh sentence because our government doesn't like being embarrassed, so there is no better way of protesting than hacking and leaking more documents over and over again."

The group definitely created a ton of mischief. They hacked federal employees and their spouses facebook/email/twitter/ISP accounts. They paid $20 to "phone bomb" victims cell phones. They called in bomb threats to police stations. The most serious hack was gaining access credentials to LEEP and then posting 34,000 lines of PII of govt officials and military personnel.

Reading through the Affidavit I would equate their actions to online vandalism. Make no mistake, it's great to see cybercrime successfully prosecuted. However, we still have a long way to go to make a dent tackling the real problem - vast international organized crime syndicates motivated by Billions in profits. 
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