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Brit Arrested For “Pwning” US Government, Tripped Up By Named Paypal Account…

by | 29th, October 2013

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A British man threatened to “pwn” US government web services before uploading a mocking video to a government website, and stealing the personal details of FBI agents, court documents allege.

Lauri Love, 28, of Suffolk, was arrested yesterday morning under the Computer Misuse Act by the UK’s National Crime Agency and was released on bail until February 2014. The former Glasgow University student is the son of a vicar in Suffolk, the Telegraph reports. The Mail says that Mr Love was a leading member of the Occupy movement who carried out his sophisticated attacks from his parents’ house.

Mr Love operating through the alias “shift” said he wanted to “pwn” the US government and “drop a bomb” on its websites an FBI agent alleges in court documents supporting the arrest warrant.

The court documents describe a year-long campaign against the US government services starting on Christmas Eve 2012, when Mr Love and several unidentified co-conspirators allegedly broke into several sites by exploiting a weakness in Adobe Coldfusion. After gaining access through the glitch, Love built backdoors into the US servers.

The FBI started to track down Mr Love after his name was linked

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