Stradishall man charged in USA with hacking government computers

Lauri Love photographed during an Occupy protest at Glasgow University
Lauri Love photographed during an Occupy protest at Glasgow University
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A Stradishall man charged with hacking into US computer systems said last night that he would have to consult lawyers to find out what is happening.

A US federal indictment says vicar’s son Lauri Love, 28, and ‘fellow conspirators’ hacked into thousands of US government and agency computer systems, resulting in ‘millions of dollars in losses’ between October 2012 and October 2013.

Speaking from his home last night Mr Love said: “I can’t say anything right now.

“I only just got home after being at government headquarters today(Mon).

“I don’t even know what’s happening myself to be honest, I need to call my lawyers.

“My dad is ill and my parents both work at the prison so it wouldn’t be fair on them to talk about what’s going on with all this just at this moment.

“My dad has a heart problems and I’m not well myself.”

Mr Love was arrested on Friday by officers from the new National Crime Agency (NCA) under the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) under which individuals can be arrested for launching attacks from the UK against computers anywhere in the world.

He has been released on police bail until February next year. The NCA confirmed today that he has not been charged yet in the UK.

But the FBI said yesterday that a federal indictment, filed in Newark, New Jersey, charges him with one count of accessing a US department or agency computer without authorization and one count of conspiring to do the same.

The bureau said an investigation led by the US Army Criminal Investigation Command-Computer Crime Investigative Unit and the FBI in Newark revealed Mr Love allegedly illegally infiltrated US government computer systems—including those of the its Army,Missile Defense Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.

Neighbour’s at Love’s parents’ semi-detached four-bedroom home in Stradishall reported seeing officers take a computer away on Friday.

Kayleigh Streeton, 18, said: “There were police there on Friday night, they were there in the evening until at least midnight. I saw one of them walking out with a computer.”

Love’s father Alexander Love, 50, works as a vicar at HMP Highpoint North and his mother Sirkka-Liisa Love, 49, works at the same prison as a teacher.

Neighbour Keith Strudwick, 32, said: “They are a really nice family. I don’t know much about Lauri, but he seems alright and he’s been brought up by good parents.”