Statement details Boggs’ involvement in hacking case

A North Wilkesboro man has admitted uploading illegally obtained names, phone numbers and email addresses of tens of thousands of U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees to multiple publicly accessible websites.
The admission is in a six-page “statement of facts,” signed on Jan. 10 by Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, of Hulda Street, which is off Shatley Orchard Road near N.C. 18 North.
The statement of facts said Boggs received the names, phone numbers and email addresses of the federal employees from a 17-year-old in England who used the online name, “Cracka.”
Authorities said “Cracka,” suspected of being the ringleader of the conspiracy, hacked into federal computer systems to get the information. He was arrested in 2016.
Boggs, a former North Wilkes High student, and Justin Liverman, 24, of Morehead City, were arrested in September on charges of conspiring to 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.
Federal authorities said the conspiracy targeted high-ranking federal officials and U.S. government computer systems from October 2015 to February 2016. National media reported that the victims included Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan.
Joshua Stueve, director of communications for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia, said Boggs and Liverman are scheduled to be sentenced on May 12. Liverman signed a similar statement of facts.
In the statement of facts, Boggs admitted conspiring with others to obtain information from online accounts of U.S. government officials and government computer databases and then publish it online.
Authorities said the conspiracy targeted over 10 victims and caused more than $1.5 million in actual losses to the victims. Losses attributable to Boggs were between $95,000 and $150,000.
According to the statement of facts, Boggs encouraged “Cracka” to engage in social engineering to gain unauthorized access into online accounts and told “Cracka” how to conduct computer intrusion attacks called “spearphishing” in the spring of 2015.
The statement of facts said Boggs and others recruited or tried to recruit others to assist in targeting the U.S. government in computer intrusions. It said Boggs communicated with co-conspirators via Twitter.
The document said Boggs also volunteered to publish online personal information that Cracka illegally obtained from a top federal official.
According to an affidavit, Boggs said he wanted to carry on Cracka’s work if the leader was arrested.


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