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.READ MORE: Sanneh Foundation Offers Free Basketball Camps To Get Girls Of Color In The Game
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.READ MORE: AG Ellison Seeks Comments From Community Leading Into Derek Chauvin's Sentencing
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.MORE NEWS: Security Changes Coming To The Minnesota State Fair
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