- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 22, 2014

The U.S. Navy had a hacking problem in 2012, but the criminal ringleader was operating from inside one of its own aircraft carriers. A former sailor plead guilty to conspiracy charges on May 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma for his part in the hacking of 24 websites.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service caught Nicholas Paul Knight, now age 27, leading a ring of hackers known as Team Digi7al, the technology website Ars Technica reported Wednesday. The hacker was operating out of the USS Harry S. Truman and was a system administrator for its nuclear reactors department.

Knight was convicted of attempting to hack into the Navy database while a sea, Ars Technica reported.

In one instance, Knight’s hacking landed him in a system that included sensitive information (e.g., Social Security numbers) of 22,000 service members, the website reported.

Knight faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his crimes, which included hacking into the Department of Homeland Security, the Library of Congress, Stanford University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, among others, Ars Technica reported.

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