NYPD detective charged with hiring hackers so he could spy on ex-girlfriend

Share this article:
NYPD detective charged with hiring hackers so he could spy on ex-girlfriend
NYPD detective charged with hiring hackers so he could spy on ex-girlfriend

A New York Police Department (NYPD) detective was charged Tuesday with accessing a restricted federal database and using an email hacking service to pry into the business of other officers.

According to a complaint (PDF) filed Monday, Edwin Vargas, 42, allegedly purchased more than $4,000 worth of illegal services between 2011 and 2012 to obtain email login credentials and cell phone numbers belonging to at least 30 individuals, including 19 current NYPD officers, a retired officer for the department and another person who worked as NYPD administrative staff. 

According to reports, Vargas was trying to spy on his ex-girlfriend, who he believed was involved with another officer. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer hacking and one count of computer hacking which, combined, carry a maximum two-year prison sentence.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

More in News

Info on 282K Wisconsin Home Depot cards for sale on black market ...

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found customer payment card information from all 26 Wisconsin stores on sale.

Malvertising campaign targets Israeli news outlets

The recently discovered campaign is using The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post to expose users to the Zemot Trojan.

Two Russian cybercriminals nabbed in Android malware scheme

Two men were arrested for stealing money from victims' bank accounts after sending malicious emails offering a romantic gift.