The Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) launched an investigation and in February 2013 raided Knight’s Virginia residence, the filing says. Knight allegedly admitted to “many of his Team Digi7al activities” and agreed to cooperate with authorities. He has since been discharged from the Navy and arrested, court documents say.
“The Navy quickly identified the breach and tracked down the alleged culprits through their online activity, revealing an extensive computer hacking scheme committed across the country and even abroad,” U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams, who filed the information, said Monday.
Attorneys for Knight and Krueger did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this report. If convicted, the pair could face up to five years in prison or a $250,000 fine, according to the Justice Department.
Knight was not placed under arrest and Ryan Souders, an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case, told ABC News that when a criminal information filing is used, such as in this case, typically that means the defense has signaled it does not plan to contest the charges.
[Editor's Note: A previous version of this report stated that Knight had been arrested. Shortly after publication, prosecutors clarified that he was not placed under arrest. This report has been updated.]