The city my mom works for was hacked this week. More than $450,000 was stolen from their accounts by hackers. I found this to be an interesting fact as the amount of effort put into the heist was actually quite substantial. The other factor in the robbery was that in order to access the accounts, either the city’s computer would be needed or access from within a bank of America, the city’s account holder, would have needed to be accessed. I’m sure the city’s employees came to work much like any other day, Organized, Focused and Sincere, before finding out they day’s operations were to be put on hold due to the misfortune they suffered.
What made the story even more interesting was that the U.S. Secret Service has also opened an investigation into the matter, actively seeking the culprits responsible, while maintaining a low profile. The city next door is also assisting in the investigation, but that was not quite as impressive when compared to the Secret Service. According to my mom and official statements, the city moved all of their accounts out of Bank of America, as well as all employee accounts, to ensure that the compromised accounts could not be targeted again. The official word of the moment is that the money will be returned, unscathed and unharmed, leaving city business will continue as normal.
Anyway, from what I can tell about the heist is that it was a big job. Multiple states and accounts around the US and now around the world were used to bounce money all around to what I assume is an undisclosed location seeing as how someone hasn't been arrested yet. It is not mentioned in the article and unknown to my source whether the money in the account is insured. This to me seems like a tricky situation for the bank and the city to figure out where reimbursement comes from if not –given their anti-fraud/theft statements. If you’re interested at all here’s a link to the short article and 2 minute primetime report, though, it’s hardly anything too amazing. http://www.king5.com/home/Hackers-steal-more-than-450000-from-City-of-Burlington-174045801.html
I didn’t really label an active agent as pretty much most the sentences I wrote are active as opposed to the obvious passive. If I need to specifically mention one, we’ll use the first sentence of my second paragraph. If you see anything strange, correct, wrong, think the story is dumb, or had your life changed by reading this – please feel free to leave a comment. Cheers.