Former Nuclear Commission Employee Indicted for Department of Energy Cyber Attack
The FBI has announced that, in January 2015, Charles Harvey Eccleston was charged with an attempted spear phishing attack on the email accounts of Department of Energy employees (1).
This follows a court appearance on May 8 where the District Court of Colombia ordered that Eccleston remained detained until a hearing on May 20.
The U.S Department of Energy has a mission statement that includes protecting the United States and ensuring prosperity by “addressing energy, environmental and nuclear challenges” (2).
This includes controlling, maintaining and advancing the country’s energy systems, including lighting, heating and bringing in more renewable energy.
With regards to nuclear energy, the department is also responsible for security and defense as well as developing the associated technology.