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Two Arrested for Hacking which Leaked Contact Information of Almost 30,000 Feds

Two men from North Carolina were arrested for supposedly participating in the hacks targeting the high ranked federal officials. The cyber attack resulted in the leaking of more than 20,000 FBI employees contact information.

On Thursday, 24-year old Justin Gray Liverman and 22-year old Andrew Otto Boggs both were arrested by FBI. They were more likely famous by their nicknames D3f4ult and Incursio, respectively.

The Eastern District of Virginia Department of Justice releases arrest news of Andrew Otto Boggs and Justin Gray Liverman, without mentioning the charges faced by them. However, involvement of both of them with the "Crackas with Attitude" meant they could face few extremely serious charges.

Justin Liverman, who goes by the handle "D3F4ULT", as per the press release of US Attorney's Office for Virginia's Eastern District, stated on his page of Linkedln that he has participated in HackThePentagon program.

Hackers are often paid by the third party through a program known as HackThePentagon, which was also called "bug bounty", to discover cybersecurity flaws in an organization or a company. The company called HackerOne administers this specific bounty. The company has accepted 1,400 hackers into this program, and they have found 138 "valid bugs" as per the blog post.

According to court complaint, access to private accounts of the US government senior officials as well as members of their family was allegedly gained by the group; and they then post derogatory information on Internet which was collected from those accounts.

Liverman and Boggs both are charged for posing as US federal govt. employees, deliberately accessing the computer without the authorization for gaining access to the US govt. agency, engaging in conduct with the aim to convey the misleading information, along with making telephone calls to harass.

According to court complaint, conspiracy started around 17th July, 2015, and targeted 4 senior officials of government, a company CEO which provides technology to government and spouse of the CEO.

CIA released a statement in October, describing Brennan family as the victims. As per the agency "this attack is something that could happen to anyone and should be condemned, not promoted". The attacks used by them are extremely successful, and needs only the ability to pick up phone and understand the interaction of humans.

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