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Former Nuclear Scientist Pleads Guilty To Attempting Spear Phishing U.S. Government Employees

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Former Nuclear Scientist Pleads Guilty To Attempting Spear Phishing U.S. Government Employees

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Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, a former U.S. government scientist, has pleaded guilty to a federal offense for an attempted e-mail “spear-phishing” attack in January 2015 targeting Department of Energy (DOE) employee email accounts. He pled guilty to attempted unauthorized access and intentional damage to a government computer. He also pled guilty to criminal forfeiture.   According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Eccleston caused or attempted to cause damage to a computer without authorization. “Eccleston admitted that he attempted to compromise, exploit and damage U.S. government computer systems that contained sensitive nuclear weapon-related information with…

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Lester Coleman

Lester Coleman

Lester Coleman is a veteran business journalist based in the United States. He has covered the payments industry for several years and is available for writing assignments.

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