Former Energy Department worker sentenced in email ‘spear-phishing’ attempt

Spencer S. Hsu reports:

A former Energy Department employee was sentenced to 18 months in prison after offering to help a foreign government infiltrate the agency’s computer system to steal nuclear secrets and then attempting an email “spear-phishing” attack in an FBI sting operation.

Charles Harvey Eccleston, an environmental scientist formerly employed by the department and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, pleaded guilty in February to one charge of attempting to damage protected government computers. Eccleston was arrested in March 2015 by Philippine authorities.

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