Man charged with computer hacking will be tried in Chicago - KMSP-TV

Man charged with computer hacking will be tried in Chicago

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A Tennessee man believed to belong to the group behind dozens of high-profile computer attacks is facing federal hacking charges and will be prosecuted in Chicago.

Timothy Justin French, 20 of Morristown, Tenn., was charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago.

French and other members of “NullCrew” attacked corporations, educational institutions and government agencies, then released data and information, including usernames and passwords, a federal criminal complaint said.

The complaint claims French was involved in five cyber attacks by NullCrew between July 2013 and April 2014, with victims including universities, a telecommunications company and a mass media company, the statement said.

In each attack, NullCrew released information from the victim’s computers and caused “significant financial damages to the universities and companies,” according to prosecutors.

Nullcrew allegedly used a computer server in Chicago to launch the attacks, according to the complaint. A spokesman for the U.S. State’s Attorney’s office would not say whether any of the companies or universities attacked were in Chicago.

French faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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