Timothy Justin French, known online as ‘Orbit’, is believed to be part of the famous hacking group “NullCrew“. The group is best known for its hacking attacks against World Health Organization and PBS. Earlier this year, the group also hacked into Bell Canada website.
According to the DOJ, the FBI with the help of ‘confidential witness’ approached members of the Nullcrew Team on Skype, Twitter and CryptoCat.
After gaining their trust, Fed’s inside man engaged them in conversations that includes discussions on past,present and future attacks and their hacking techniques.
The FBI used the information gathered by witness to track the IP address of one of the computers used in some of the NullCrew attacks.
“The computer hacking charge in this case carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.”
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