Thursday, 19 March 2015

US Cop Accused Of Hacking Into Police Systems

In the United States, a 45-year-old policeman charged with hacking into police systems of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and databases of various investigative agencies, including the FBI. The suspect agent would function as "auxiliary officer" used to hack the systems and networks in order to steal the personal information of thousands of people for personal gain, according to the prosecutor.

According to the indictment, the man several "electronic devices" have been installed in an office of the New York police giving him access to secure systems and remote databases, while he really did not have permission to log on to these systems. They have included an FBI database. One of the devices that the man would have had installed a hidden camera live images of the office sent it over the Internet. The second device was used to log on to the computers in the house remotely.

The man would have logged in with user names and passwords of other agents on the systems and then have all sorts of personal information of victims of traffic accidents searched. The suspect would then have the victims approached and have occurred as a lawyer, claiming that it will help the victims in their claim. The agent would have carried out more than 6,400 jobs in the database between May and August last year. If convicted, he could receive a sentence of up to 10 years.

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