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 [...]