A Wilkes County man is among two people arrested Thursday on charges resulting from a federal investigation of the hacking of U.S. government computer systems and online accounts of several senior federal officials.
Andrew Otto Boggs, aka “Incursio,” 22, of North Wilkesboro, and Justin Gray Liverman, aka “D3f4ult,” 24, of Morehead City will have initial appearances in Alexandria, Va., next week.
Wilkes Sheriff’s Officersfficers Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Boggs at his home in North Wilkesboro. Officers have been working the case since January.
Boggs and Liverman both are charged with conspiring to falsely impersonate a U.S. officer or employee, aggravated identity theft, making harassing phone calls, fraud and related activities with computers and false information and hoaxes.
According to an affidavit filed in support of warrants for their arrest on the federal charges, Boggs and Liverman conspired with members of a hacking group that called itself “Crackas With Attitude.”
A press release from the Eastern Virginia District of federal court said the group used “social engineering” hacking techniques such as victim impersonation to gain unlawful access to personal online accounts of senior U.S. government officials, their families and several U.S. government computer systems from about October 2015 to February 2016.
The press release said 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 members of the conspiracy are in the United Kingdom and are being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service.