British hacker admitted hacking into satellite phones the Pentagon
Sean Kaffe stole data 800 users of the satellite communication system.
LONDON, June 16. /TASS/. British citizen admitted in court that he hacked into the servers of the Ministry of defense of the United States and stole data 800 users of satellite communication systems, as well as information about more than 30 thousand satellite phones. This was reported on the website of the National Agency for combating crime (National Crime Agency, NCA).
“25-year-old Sean Caffre from Sutton Coldfield (city included in the conurbation of Birmingham — approx. TASS) gained access and stole the account and email address over 800 users of the satellite communication system, and about 30 thousand satellite phones,” — said in a statement.
The young man pleaded guilty at the court hearing in Birmingham on Thursday. According to the investigation, he hacked into Pentagon systems June 15 2014. To detain the hacker was only in March 2015, when the NCA together with the FBI were able to calculate the place where was carried out the cyber attack.
After his arrest, the police searched the house and examined his computer hard drive which revealed all of the stolen information. In addition, the investigators found that this computer was used for the account login on the Internet site. According to the Ministry of defense, the damage from the burglary was approximately $630 thousand
“No one should think that as a result of cybercrime is not affected or that they can commit with impunity, — said the coordinator of the investigation Agency of the British Jenny Yang. In NCA there are also people like Kaffe, but they perform the opposite task — tracking down cyber criminals and make them face justice. We work hard to ensure that the Internet remains safe for those who use it for legitimate purposes”.
An accomplice of the terrorists or bully?
According to the Internet portal of the Motherboard, the burglar allegedly left a message on the website Pastebin, which contained the threats allegedly from the group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia), well-known hacker organization LizardSquad, as well as the demand to stop airstrikes (where it is not specified).
“We beat LizardSquad, your time is near, reads the beginning of the message. — We on your bases, we are in control of your companions. Missiles will fall on those who call themselves allies.”
Also, the text contains a warning to the American military directly. In the report, which is still in the public domain, provides links to screenshots of the tables with contact data of the Pentagon.
However, the young man was found guilty only of illegal use of computer technologies. Accusations of terrorism or aiding terrorists he was not charged.