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DOE supercomputer hacker pleads guilty

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A Pennsylvania hacker pled guilty Aug. 27 in federal court to one count of conspiracy and two counts of computer intrusion. The Justice Department arrested the man, Andrew James Miller, in June 2012, stating earlier this summer that he and associates hacked into multiple networks, including into Energy Department supercomputers.

According to a grand jury indictment (.pdf), Miller admitted in an online chat that he accessed two Energy supercomputers associated with the nersc.gov domain, the domain for the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center in Oakland, Calif. He also said he had installed a backdoor into "several government networks" and offered to sell to an FBI undercover agent for $50,000 login credentials enabling remote access to nersc.gov.

The indictment says Miller was a member of a hacking group known as the Underground Intelligence Agency. An unindicted coconspirator also a part of the group, known as Intel, cooperated with the FBI.

Miller, 24, faces sentencing on Nov. 19; the maximum penalty for conspiracy is 5 years in prison. One count of computer intrusion Miller pled guilty to carries a maximum of 5 years prison; the other has a maximum of 10.

For more:
- read a DOJ statement on Miller's plea
- download the indictment (.pdf)

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