KIRO 7 has uncovered documents detailing the Kirkland Police Department’s ongoing investigation into how a suspect, or ring of suspects, was able to hijack the school email account of Northwest University’s chief financial officer.
The hacking of CFO John Jordan’s email account has the Kirkland college out nearly $60,000.
According to detectives, the thieves secretly monitored Jordan’s emails and, when a legitimate payment was due to a school vendor, the hackers re-routed the money.
Editor’s Note: After deadline, the hearing in this case was moved from Thursday, May 3 to August 16. The story has been updated to reflect the change.
The highly publicized debate over whether a federal court could compel Apple to break the security features of the iPhone at the behest of the FBI was a rare moment in history. Most of the time, the public never has a clue when authorities come knocking to ask a company for help in accessing the digital communications of a criminal suspect.
But in August, we may learn more about whether the curtain of secrecy around past electronic surveillance in criminal investigations will be pulled back.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore of the Northern District of California will hear from local prosecutors and two legal activists, Jennifer Granick of the American Civil Liberties Union and Riana Pfefferkorn of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, over whether she should set up a process to determine which cases are still validly sealed and those that can be opened.
Under Virginia law, “[t]he pictures and associated data stored in the Police Department’s A[utomated] L[icense] P[late] R[reader] database meet the statutory definition of ‘personal information.’” The court can’t tell on this record whether it constitutes an “information system.” Neal v. Fairfax County Police Dept., 2018 Va. LEXIS 42 (Apr. 28, 2018)