Friday, September 20, 2013
Anonymous hacker arrested in Texas for compromising county website
Fidel Salinas, Jr., a 27-year-old hacker apparently affiliated with the Anonymous subgroup AntiSec, has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Texas.
According to a criminal complaint (PDF) filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on September 11, Salinas was arrested for “accessing, or attempting to access, a protected computer without authorization, and as a result of such conduct, recklessly causing damage.”
The charges stem from Salinas’s alleged hack, on January 5 of 2012, of co.hidalgo.tx.us, a website belonging to the Hidalgo County government in Texas and hosted by the company CivicPlus on a server in Kansas City, Kansas. Salinas allegedly used a brute force SQL injection attack to access the computer, registering 14,000 attempts before unlocking it.
According to court records, the attack “compromised sensitive human resources and emergency alert data, caused slowness and latency for users, and left administrators unable to access or manage the website for most of the day, according to an affidavit,” as SC Magazine wrote.