Normally when I tell you about cybercrimes, they're carried out by criminals or anonymous hackers overseas. Not this time. A lawyer in North Little Rock, Arkansas, representing police whistle-blowers is actually accusing the local police department of trying to infect his computer with dangerous password-stealing malware.
Matthew Campbell is a lawyer representing three past and present officers who exposed fraud in the Fort Smith Police Department.The three officers claim they have been harassed and unfairly investigated ever since they reported corruption in their local police department.
In order to gather more information for his case, the lawyer requested email archives from the department. He received the files on an external hard drive, but something didn't seem quite right.
"Something didn't add up in the way they approached it, so I sent it to my software guy first," Campbell told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. "I thought 'I'm not plugging that into my computer,' so I sent it to him to inspect."
Apparently, Campbell's gut was right. According to the lawyer, tech investigator Geoff Mueller found three types of malware on the hard drive that could steal passwords, download more malware and give hackers control of a computer.