A Swiss pc hacker who has claimed credit score for serving to steal or distribute proprietary knowledge from Nissan Motor Co, Intel Corp and most just lately safety digital camera startup Verkada was indicted on Thursday, U.S. prosecutors introduced.
Until Kottmann, 21, stays in Lucerne and has been notified concerning the pending expenses, the U.S. legal professional’s workplace in Seattle stated in an announcement.
Kottmann didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark following the announcement of the indictment, which got here after midnight in Lucerne.
Kottmann during the last yr allegedly working with a gaggle accessed inside information belonging to at the least eight events, together with six unnamed corporations, the Washington State Division of Transportation and an undisclosed federal company, in response to the indictment.
“Kottmann, and others, accessed protected computer systems, together with ‘git’ and supply code repositories in addition to inside infrastructure, via use of stolen entry keys, credentials and exploits,” the indictment stated.
It added Kottmann total hacked dozens of companies and authorities businesses and purportedly revealed leaked knowledge from over 100 entities.
In social media posts and on an internet site, Kottmann allegedly shared a number of the info and took credit score for breaches, the doc stated.
Dates and descriptions within the indictment associated to 2 of the alleged hacks match Kottmann’s previous statements about Intel and Nissan.
Intel declined to remark. Nissan and Verkada didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
This month, Kottmann shared with Reuters recordings of stay and archived surveillance footage Kottmann obtained from inside a Tesla manufacturing facility, an Alabama jail and different amenities by having access to Verkada’s administrative system.
Prosecutors accused Kottmann of wire fraud, aggravated identification theft and conspiracy to commit pc fraud and abuse.
It was not instantly clear if or when Kottmann can be dropped at the U.S. to face expenses. Swiss authorities raided Kottmann’s residence final week.
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