25 February 2015 00:00
Lauri Love was arrested in October 2013 following a joint investigation by the US Army’s criminal investigation command and the FBI. Lauri Love, who stands accused of working with three other unnamed people, faces charges of breaching the security of the US military, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, US Federal Reserve and FBI computers.
Other charges including computer hacking and identity theft leave him facing a sentence of up to 12 years in prison if convicted but the fact that the NCA released him from bail back in July would seem to suggest that any case for the prosecution may rely upon gaining access to the encrypted files currently in the agency’s possession.
According to the BBC, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) doesn’t want to give up the equipment because it has been unable to decrypt some of Love’s files. It allegedly wants Love’s cooperation in helping to decrypt them before returning his property.