Threat Management, Incident Response, TDR

Akhter twins sentenced to prison for hacking State Dept.

Twins Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter were sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia to 39 months and 24 months in prison, respectively, for multiple offenses, including conspiracy to access a protected computer and conspiracy to access a government computer without authorization associated with hacking systems at the U.S. Department of State.

Sohaib used his contract position at the State Department in a failed attempt to install an electronic collection device inside an agency building to remotely gather data from the agency's systems. According to a Justice Department release, the pair likely was seeking sensitive visa and passport applications. Sohaib also tried to obtain personal information about his co-workers, a former employer and a federal law enforcement agent investigating his case.

The twins pleaded guilty in June to hacking charges, including infiltrating the website of a cosmetics company, stealing credit card and personal information.

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