A British man has been charged by US authorities over the alleged hacking of government computer systems, including US Army and Nasa networks.
Lauri Love, of Stradishall, England, and his partners allegedly stole information about military service members and other US government employees.
The government says the purpose was “to disrupt the operations and infrastructure” of the federal government, and resulted in the loss of millions of dollars.
Love, 28, was arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) on Friday at his home in Stradishall in Suffolk, about 70 miles (112km) north of London.
He was released on bail until February 2014, an NCA spokeswoman said.
Love is accused of working with two co-conspirators in Australia and one in Sweden, none of whom have been charged.
US prosecutors say the group “stole military data and personal identifying information belonging to servicemen and women”.
The group allegedly placed hidden “shells” or “back doors” within the networks, which allowed them to return at a later date and steal confidential data.
“This arrest is the culmination of close joint working by the NCA, Police Scotland and our international partners,” said Andy Archibald, head of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit.
“Cyber-criminals should be aware that no matter where in the world you commit cyber crime, even from remote places, you can and will be identified and held accountable for your actions.”
Love was charged in New Jersey because he allegedly used a server in Parsippany.
Prosecutors say the group infiltrated the networks of the US Department of Defence’s Missile Defence Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
They say Love also broke into networks belonging to Nasa and the Environmental Protection Agency.