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Hackers indicted for stealing Apache training software

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The Justice Department has charged four men with hacking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army, Microsoft and other technology firms and stealing more than $100 million in intellectual property and “other proprietary data.” Among the data allegedly stolen was software used to train American soldiers to fly Apache helicopters, the Justice Department said.

A federal grand jury in Delaware charged the men on April 23, but the indictment was unsealed Sept. 30.

The four men are between 18 and 28 years old; one is from Ontario, while the other three reside in the United States, according to the announcement. Two of them have pleaded guilty, DOJ said.

The charges in the indictment include “conspiracies to commit computer fraud, copyright infringement, wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft and theft of trade secrets,” the department added.

“Electronic breaking and entering of computer networks and the digital looting of identities and intellectual property have become much too common,” said U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly III, who was part of the legal team that made the announcement.

About the Author

Sean Lyngaas is an FCW staff writer covering defense, cybersecurity and intelligence issues. Prior to joining FCW, he was a reporter and editor at Smart Grid Today, where he covered everything from cyber vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid to the national energy policies of Britain and Mexico. His reporting on a range of global issues has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The Economist, The Washington Diplomat and The Washington Post.

Lyngaas is an active member of the National Press Club, where he served as chairman of the Young Members Committee. He earned his M.A. in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his B.A. in public policy from Duke University.

Click here for previous articles by Lyngaas, or connect with him on Twitter: @snlyngaas.


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