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Sailors busted for hacking aboard aircraft carrier

Sailors busted for hacking aboard aircraft carrier

It's like a scene out of the popular crime show NCIS, but without Gibbs and DiNozzo.

The Naval Crimes Investigative Unit (NCIS) caught Navy personnel hacking in to the Naval Database while onboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. The person in question was Nicholas Paul Knight, the systems administrator for the nuclear reactor department.

Knight and another sailor, Trenton Krueger, have been found guilty of conspiracy charges through illegal hacking. Knight claimed to be the leader of "Team Digi7al," a ring of hackers that have been hacking computers and computer systems, stealing identities, damaging protected computers and obstructing justice. And to think, he was doing this while onboard the USS Harry S. Truman!

"In plea agreements, Knight and Krueger both acknowledged the U.S. Navy suffered a loss of $514,000 as a result of the conspiracy.

It included the cost to respond to the attack, assess damage, provide service members with identity theft and credit monitoring services and fund a call center for those potentially impacted by it.

The loss, if any, to other victims of the hacking, including UNL, wasn't listed in court records."

Krueger was traced to a hack into the Kawasaki database that occurred in the same month that Knight hacked into the U.S. Navy's Smart Move Database that stored names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers for around 220,000 service members.

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