British man charged with hacking US networks arrested

A British man accused of hacking into US government computer networks and stealing sensitive and confidential information was arrested in England Thursday, and US prosecutors said they will attempt to have him brought to New Jersey.

PTI| Updated: Jul 17, 2015, 02:46 AM IST

Newark: A British man accused of hacking into US government computer networks and stealing sensitive and confidential information was arrested in England Thursday, and US prosecutors said they will attempt to have him brought to New Jersey.

Lauri Love, of Stradishall, England, has been charged with hacking into agencies including the US Army, NASA, the Federal Reserve and the Environmental Protection Agency. Prosecutors say he stole names, Social Security numbers and credit card information.

Matthew Reilly, a spokesman for the US attorney's office in New Jersey, said Love was arrested Wednesday and that US officials filed an extradition request. The 29-year-old also faces federal charges in New York and Virginia.

Love's British attorney, Karen Todner, said he appeared in court Wednesday and was released on bail. Todner said last year that any extradition request would be "vehemently opposed." She said his next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 1. Love, whose Facebook profile includes a cat wearing sunglasses and the words "Deal With It," did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Past American attempts to extradite British hackers have become politicized.