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Two Romanians were charged with hacking over 100 DC police cameras before Trump's inauguration


The Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged two Romanians with allegedly hacking over 100 cameras used by Washington, D.C. police for surveillance earlier this year, according to NBC News.

NBC News on Thursday reported that suspects Mihai Isvanca and Eveline Cismaru were arrested in Bucharest, Romania, on Dec. 15 as they attempted to leave the country, according to the DOJ and European law enforcement officials.

A complaint unsealed in federal court on Thursday revealed that the Secret Service became aware that computers connected to the surveillance cameras had been compromised last Jan. 12 -- eight days before President Trump's inauguration.

"[The suspects] participated in an intrusion into and taking control of approximately 123 internet-connected computers used by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia to operate surveillance cameras in public, outdoor areas in the District of Columbia," the complaint read.

Isvanca and Cismaru were additionally accused of using the computers they hacked to spread ransomware through at least 179,000 phishing emails.

They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the Justice Department said.

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