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Man Allegedly Angry Over Castile Case Is Charged in Hacking

New York Times

MINNEAPOLIS — A man who allegedly hacked into Minnesota government databases last year because he was angry over the acquittal of the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

According to an indictment, Cameron Thomas Crowley, who goes by "Vigilance," faces multiple charges, including three counts of intentional access to a protected computer, one count of intentional damage to a protected computer, and one count of aggravated identity theft. After the breeches, a person tweeting as Vigilance taunted authorities by writing, "Where am I? Clock is ticking." The person tweeted that the Minnesota databases were targeted in retaliation for the acquittal of former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was found not guilty of manslaughter and other charges in the 2016 shooting of Castile, a black motorist.

Crowley, 19, of Lino Lakes, was ordered held Tuesday during an initial appearance in U.S. District Court. He was appointed a federal defender and is scheduled for an arraignment Friday.


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