Despite the allegations that they belonged to the same hacker group, and the fact that they live so close together, the two men did not know each other offline.
Liverman maintains that he only knew the members of the group online, and never personally accessed any federal databases.
The amendments also remove jurisdiction limitations, allowing the FBI to obtain a search warrant in, for instance, Virginia and then hack computers across the country using Network Investigative Techniques (NITs).
Investigators believe that the group formed in July 2015 when a hacker identified as Cracka, one of the arrested teens, spoke to Boggs claiming that he had obtained the Social Security number of a US official and was now in control of his Comcast account.
Using the credentials of one of the officials, the hackers also gained access to the FBI’s Joint Automated Booking System (JAB) and the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP), which allows law enforcement to share data in real time.