Update: Guilty Pleas In Hacking Case

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Two men accused of conspiring to hack into the computer systems of the Navy have each pleaded guilty in an Oklahoma federal court.

Sentencing is set August 27th for 27-year-old Nicholas Knight of Chantilly, Virginia and 20-year-old Daniel Krueger of Dix, Illinois. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday the men could each face up to five years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say the men hacked a system that stores personal information for 220,000 service members. The two are also accused of hacking more than 30 other websites for public and private organizations, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The UNL system was breached and more than 100 email addresses and encrypted passwords stolen on June 25, 2012. UNL spokesman Steve Smith said the victims were notified and told to change their passwords.

The case was prosecuted in Tulsa because the Navy servers that were hacked are situated there.

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