Although the educational institution’s representatives later determined that their networks weren’t actually penetrated, the FBI launched an investigation which led them to Waterland and 26-year-old Brett Hudson, The Republic reports.
At the time, the hacktivists claimed to be in possession of 200 gigabytes of data, including student usernames and passwords.
“We now have obtained access to every students password, username, email address', personal addresses, dorm room information, parental information, course information, payment information to include type of payment, amount paid and all corresponding Credit Card information,” the hackers said in the video published in May.
“We also possess the equivalent data of the instructors, have access to all coursework, grades, and every student alumni's information. We also have access to the ‘Hydrogen’ server and have helped ourselves to save over 200 gigabytes of information.”
They gave the university a deadline of 15 days to present a public apology for failing to protect its students from cybercriminal activities.
Investigators identified him based on the IP addresses he utilized to publish the video and two other messages. One of them was traced back to Express Scripts – the online prescription drug company for which the suspects worked – and his sister’s home.
Now, the judge agreed to allow Waterland to use the internet, but his online activities will be permanently monitored by authorities.
The incident followed a “dark” period for the University of Pittsburg. A few weeks earlier they received bomb threats.
At the time, the FBI confiscated at least two servers belonging to companies that provided anonymity services in an attempt to identify the culprit.