password computer technology Credit: Reuters

 

Andrew James Miller, 23, of Devon, Pa., was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Thursday on charges of hacking into supercomputers around the country and trying to sell login information to various websites, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

 

Miller was arrested in June and pleaded guilty in August.

 

Miller was caught after selling access to two supercomputers in Oakland, Calif. which were part of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing center (NERSC) to an undercover agent.

 

The NERSC provides high-performance computing for data research by the U.S. Department of Energy.

According to court documents, Miller also hacked into Crispin Porter and Bogusky (CPB Group), an advertising agency in Denver, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and RNKTel.com, a service provider in Massachusetts. Other companies include Domino's Pizza, Harvard University and the University of California at Irvine.

Correction: The article has been revised to reflect the following reflection. Court documents incorrectly state that Miller hacked into the NESRC via the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. In fact, Miller did not hack that lab, and it is not located in Oakland.

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