Former US Boffin Gets 18 Months for Spear Phishing Attack

Spear Phishing AttackA former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after offering to hand over the email addresses of Energy Department employees to a foreign government for use in cyber attacks, and then trying to carry out a spear phishing campaign.

Charles Harvey Eccleston, 62, pleaded guilty in February to one count of “attempted unauthorized access and intentional damage to a protected computer,” after being arrested in the Philippines in 2015, according to the Justice Department.

He first came to the attention of the FBI in 2013 after entering a foreign embassy in Manila and offering to sell a list of over 5,000 e-mail accounts of employees of the agency, which he claimed he could get thanks to his security clearance – despite having being sacked three years earlier.