NYPD Cop Accused of Hacking Many, Many of His Colleagues’ Emails

He's accused of paying an email hacking service more than $4,000 for a boatload of logins.

Awkward! (Photo: Flickr, Rev Stan)

Awkward! (Photo: Flickr, Rev Stan)

Well, here’s some not-particularly-reassuring news about one of New York’s finest: An NYPD detective named Edwin Vargas has been arrested for “computer hacking crimes.”

The feds say Mr. Vargas shelled out $4,000 to an email hacking service to get log-in credentials for at least 43 email accounts belonging to at least 30 different people (21 of them affiliated with the NYPD). He’s also alleged to have accessed the National Crime Information Center database.

By the time he was done, he had quite the dossier:

The Contacts section of his Gmail account included a list of at least 20 e-mail addresses, along with what appear to be telephone numbers, home addresses, and vehicle information corresponding to those e-mail addresses, as well as what appear to be the passwords for those e-mail addresses.

“Of all places, the police department is not a workplace where one should have to be concerned about an unscrupulous fellow employee,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos.

The official announcement studiously avoids any mention of motive, but the New York Times
says
he believed his ex-girlfriend (also a cop) was seeing someone new (also also a cop) and wanted to know who. Isn’t that what Facebook is for?

NYPD Cop Accused of Hacking Many, Many of His Colleagues’ Emails