Romanian nationals Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru, 28, were arrested at the Otopeni airport in Bucharest last week and charged with illegally hacking and disabling more than one hundred computers associated with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
The hacking incident occurred between between Jan. 12 and Jan. 15., just days before President Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20., according to a police press release.
An affidavit claims the two Romanians are accused of disabling 123 of the city’s 187 outdoor police security cameras, and are being charged with “conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit various forms of computer fraud.”
The hackers were planning to target at least 179,000 email addresses with ransomware, according to police. During the time the police computers were compromised, an undisclosed amount of these email addresses were afflicted.
The Secret Service alerted the public in January of the hack, but the suspects have been unknown until now.
The Netherland’s National High Tech Crimes Unit, the U.K.’s National Crime Agency, Metropolitan Police, and Romania’s national police force were involved in the joint effort to arrest the hackers.
Isvanca is in police custody and Cismaru is on house arrest as they await further legal developments, If convicted, the pair face up to 20 years in prison.
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