DOJ accuses 6 Russian intelligence officers of vast computer hacking

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The United States Department of Justice is going after six Russian military intelligence officers for alleged computer attacks.

“No country has weaponized its cyber capabilities as maliciously and irresponsibly as Russia,” DOJ National Security Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

Demers says this group disrupted a French election, the Winter Olympics, and a hospital system in Pennsylvania.

“The most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group,” Demers said of the alleged hacks.

“While the alleged perpetrators of these crimes were Russian government officials, the victims who suffered real harm as a result of these crimes were often ordinary citizens and businesses around the world,” Western Pennsylvania District Attorney Scott Brady said.

Brady says Heritage Valley Health System suffered from a malware attack in 2017 and lost access to critical patient information.


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Indiana city recruits officers in new TV commercial, website

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A city in north central Indiana has launched a website and began airing a TV commercial this week in an effort to recruit more police officers.

The campaign is Kokomo’s latest push to increase police numbers at the city’s department, which has nearly 80 police officers, the Kokomo Tribune reported. The city’s 2021 budget allows for 92 officers, including 49 patrol officers.

The commercial airing in Indianapolis and South Bend areas focuses on a 20% pay raise over three years that officers will receive starting in 2021 following the approval of a new union contract with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 78.

“We’re prepared to show you the respect you deserve as you protect the community we love,” Mayor Tyler Moore says in the commercial. “You’re welcome in Kokomo.”

Next year, the starting salary for first-class patrolmen will be $59,444. By 2023, it will increase

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