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Hackers for Hire Man Charged by Federal Prosecutors

Man who hired hackers charged by federal prosectutors Photo: MGN Online. Man who hired hackers charged by federal prosectutors

November 07, 2017 09:40 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Federal prosecutors have charged a man with paying computer hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employer in Monticello.
    
The FBI says the case represents a growing form of cybercrime in which professional hackers are paid to inflict damage on individuals, businesses, and others who rely on digital devices connected to the web.
    
Prosecutors say 46-year-old John Kelsey Gammell hired hackers to bring down Washburn Computer Group, but also made monthly payments to damage web networks connected to the Minnesota Judicial Branch, Hennepin County, and several banks.
    
The Star Tribune reports Gammell's attorney, Rachel Paulose, has argued her client didn't personally attack Washburn. Paulose has asked a federal magistrate to throw out evidence the FBI obtained from an unnamed researcher because that data could have been obtained by hacking.
    
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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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