ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Two North Carolina men conspired with members of a hacking group 'Crackas With Attitude" to hack several senior U.S. government officials and U.S. government computer systems, officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.
Andrew Otto Boggs, aka “INCURSIO,” 22, of North Wilkesboro, and Justin Gray Liverman, aka “D3F4ULT,” 24, of Morehead City were arrested Thursday on charges related to their alleged roles in the computer hacking, according to an FBI news release.
According to the news release, from about October 2015 to February 2016, the group 'Crackas With Attitude' used “social engineering” hacking techniques, including victim impersonation, to gain unlawful access to the personal online accounts of senior U.S. government officials, their families and several U.S. government computer systems.
In some instances, members of the conspiracy uploaded private information that they obtained from victims’ personal accounts to public websites; made harassing phone calls to victims and their family members; and defaced victims’ social media accounts. At least three other members of the conspiracy are located in the United Kingdom and are being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Boggs and Liverman will have their initial appearances at the federal courthouse in Alexandria next week.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph V. Longobardo and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jay V. Prabhu and Maya D. Song are prosecuting the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. The U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina, and the FBI’s Charlotte Division provided significant assistance with the investigation.