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Hacker busted by FBI for trying to sell US supercomputer logins

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A 24-year-old hacker is facing as mach as 18 months in jail after attempting to sell access to Energy Department supercomputers to an undercover FBI agent. Wired reports that Andrew James Miller pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and computer fraud, avoiding a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

Miller attempted to sell root access to two supercomputers

According to court documents, Miller claimed to have gained access to multiple corporate systems, including those of American Express, Adobe, and Google, by hacking into employees’ computers and stealing their credentials with a keylogger. After making several successful $1,000 deals with an undercover FBI agent for logins at Domino's Pizza and elsewhere, Miller attempted to sell root access to two supercomputers that are part of the Energy Department’s Natural Energy Research Scientific Computing Center for $50,000, which the FBI never actually paid. In chat transcripts, Miller claimed that he got the necessary login credentials by hacking into a Japanese university network.

Miller went by the name "Green" online and was part of the hacker group Underground Intelligence Agency (UIA) alongside Robert "Intel" Burns. Investigators turned Burns into a witness in 2010, and he played a critical role in the undercover investigation by introducing Miller to the FBI agent he would ultimately sell the logins to. As part of the sentencing recommendation put forward by the DOJ, Miller will be on supervised release for 36 months and made to pay restitution to the identified victims, the total of which is yet to be determined.