Baltimore's First-Ever Hacking Suspect Indicted

A Baltimore man has been charged with breaking into his former employer’s computer and causing chaos with stolen passwords, making him the city’s first-ever hacking suspect.

Walter Powell, a former employee of Baltimore’s main drug-referral authority Substance Abuse System, allegedly recorded the keystrokes of former coworkers, then used that information to break into the government agency’s system more than 100 times in one month.

“He also hacked into the system in a way that let him shut down a computer that was being used during a Power Point presentation,” Joseph Sviatko of State’s Attorney’s Office in Baltimore told WJZ13. “Then when the computer got restarted that presentation then included pornographic images.”

Officers raided the Powell’s Northeast Baltimore home for evidence of the computer crimes. In their search, they came across something unexpected: materials used to make silencers for guns.

Powell is also accused of breaking into the email of his former boss to forward confidential emails to others and send out bogus emails to distribution lists. It was that boss who was giving the Power Point presentation when the porn popped up on the screen to the board of directors.

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