Alleged hacker Lauri Love avoids US extradition: “Try him in England”

By Paul Ducklin, Sophos

February 5, 2018

Lauri Love (33), a UK activist, was charged in 2013 with serious cybercrimes against the US Army, NASA and many other federal agencies.

US prosecutors at the time alleged:

Between October 2012 and October 2013, Love and fellow conspirators sought out and hacked into thousands of computer systems. Once inside the compromised networks, Love and his conspirators placed hidden “shells” or “back doors” within the networks, which allowed them to return to the compromised computer systems at a later date and steal confidential data. The stolen data included the personally identifying information (PII) of thousands of individuals, some of whom were military servicemen and servicewomen, as well as other nonpublic material.

The attacks were said to have been carried out through a mixture of SQL injection and an exploitable vulnerability in the Adobe Cold Fusion product.

Love was arrested and bailed in the UK, with the ultimate goal of deciding, “Should be be extradited to the US to stand trial?”

Since then, the case has gone round in something of a whirl.

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