Man charged with hacking US government websites
The feds on Thursday busted a California man who allegedly hacked his way into and tampered with computers around the world — including an anti-terror center at West Point and the city comptroller’s office.
Billy Ribeiro Anderson — who called himself “Anderson Albuquerque” and “AlfabetoVirtual” online — was picked up at his home in Torrance and had an appearance scheduled later Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles.
“Billy Anderson allegedly used specialized computer skills and knowledge to hack important US military and government websites, as well as over 11,000 other websites around the world,” Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.
A criminal complaint said that: “Website defacements are acts of computer intrusion during which a hacker obtains unauthorized access to computers hosting Internet websites and then replaces the publicly available contents of the website with content generated by the hacker, thereby ‘defacing’ the website.”
Starting in 2015, Anderson hacked his way into a computer at the city’s comptroller’s office and added the phrase “Hacked by AlfabetoVirtual” and the hashtags “#FREEPALESTINE” and “#FREEGAZA,” the complaint said.
In October 2016, Anderson got into the website at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and defaced that as well, and left behind the name “AlfabetoVirtual.”
The complaint did not provide details about the defacement of the Military Academy’s computer, but noted that the repairs cost $7,000.
Anderson, 41, was charged with two counts of computer fraud for causing damage to a protected computer, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and one count of computer fraud for unauthorized access to a US government computer, which carries a maximum sentence of one year behind bars.
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