UK CITIZEN Lauri Love has been charged in the US with hacking into the Federal Reserve's computer systems and sharing the plunder.
Love was indicted in the US last autumn and arrested by the cybercops of the recently formed UK National Crime Agency (NCA).
"This arrest is the culmination of close joint working by the NCA, Police Scotland and our international partners," said Andy Archibald, head of the NCA Cyber Crime Unit.
"Cyber-criminals should be aware that no matter where in the world you commit cyber crime, even from remote places, you can and will be identified and held accountable for your actions. The NCA has well developed law enforcement alliances globally and we will pursue and deal robustly with cyber-criminals."
Yesterday Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, assistant director in charge of the New York office of the FBI, unsealed the indictment and accused Love of breaking into the Federal Reserve bank between October 2012 and February 2013.
"As alleged, Lauri Love is a sophisticated hacker who broke into Federal Reserve computers, stole sensitive personal information, and made it widely available, leaving people vulnerable to malicious use of that information," said Bharara.
"We place a high priority on the investigation and prosecution of hackers who intrude into our infrastructure and threaten the personal security of our citizens."
Love is alleged to have worked with other hackers "around the world" in the assaults and the dissemination of the information. The FBI thanked the Federal Reserve for its assistance that brought Love to the attention of US law enforcement authorities.
"As alleged in the indictment, Love was part of a sophisticated network of criminals involved in computer intrusions. Fortunately, Love underestimated the level of sophistication and dedication maintained by the FBI Cyber Division to vigorously investigate and identify Love's criminal hacking and identity theft. Cyber crime knows no boundaries and justice will not stop at international borders," said Venizelos.
"The FBI is committed to working with private and public entities to stop computer intrusions and prevent hackers from harming victim companies and individuals."
Karen Todner of Kaim Todner solicitors, who represented Gary McKinnon in his extradition battle, said that Love is being investigated by the UK NCA. She added that any attempt to extradite the UK resident should, and will, be "vehemently opposed". µ