NYPD detective charged with hiring email hackers to break into colleagues’ personal accounts

New York City police have arrested a NYPD detective for hiring an email hacking service to pinch the login details for at least 43 personal email accounts and one cell phone belonging to at least 30 individuals.

Edwin Vargas, 42, of Bronxville (a part of New York City), is accused of having paid $4,050 via PayPal to an illicit hacking service between March 2011 and October 2012.

According to a statement from Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents arrested Vargas outside his home on Tuesday.

Officials said that 19 of Vargas’ alleged targets are current NYPD officers, one is retired from the NYPD, and another is an administrative staff member of the NYPD.

Vargas allegedly used the login credentials to peek into at least one personal email account belonging to a current NYPD officer. He also allegedly accessed another victim’s online cellular telephone account.

 

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