ARLINGTON — A man reportedly tried to steal $750 worth of computers from Post Middle School early Monday morning and caused $6,400 worth of damage in the process.
A silent alarm called Arlington police to the scene around 1 a.m. Monday, according to documents filed in Snohomish County Superior Court. Officers arrested the man for investigation of second-degree burglary and second-degree theft, plus a few other offenses.
Once police arrived at the school, they noticed a flashlight shining in one of the buildings.
“While waiting for a K-9 to respond, a subject exited the building with his arms full of computers,” reads a post on the Arlington Police Department’s Facebook page.
He tried to run but tripped, according to a police report.
The suspect, 26, allegedly tried to steal iPads, laptops and an Apple desktop computer. He told police he used a screw driver to break in and that “any broken door handle on the building was from him,” court records say.
Police noted that eight door handles were broken. An Arlington School District employee who came to the scene said each would cost around $800 to fix.
As police talked with the man, he reportedly admitted he was trying to steal because he is addicted to drugs. Documents show the man is homeless. He lives in Arlington.
Besides burglary and theft, the man is being accused of malicious mischief and possession of burglary tools, as well as obstruction because the man ran after police told him to get on the ground, and he “hindered and delayed my investigation,” an officer wrote.
Online court records show he’s been convicted of multiple felonies in the past five years, including residential burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.
He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail around 3
By Raphael Satter and Christopher Bing
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi diplomats, Sikh separatists and Indian business executives have been among those targeted by a group of hired hackers, according to research published on Wednesday by software firm BlackBerry Corp.
The report https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/company/newsroom/press-releases/2020/blackberry-uncovers-massive-hack-for-hire-group-targeting-governments-businesses-human-rights-groups-and-influential-individuals on the group, known publicly as Bahamut, the name assigned to the mythical sea monster of Arab lore, highlights how cybersecurity researchers are increasingly finding evidence of mercenaries online.
BlackBerry’s vice president of research, Eric Milam, said the diversity of Bahamut’s activities was such that he assumed it was working for a range of different clients.
“There’s too many different things going on across too many different ranges and too many different verticals that it would be a single state,” Milam said ahead of the report’s release.
In June, Reuters reported on how an obscure Indian IT firm called BellTroX https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN23G1GQ offered its hacking services to help clients spy on more than 10,000 email accounts over seven years, including targeting prominent American investors.
BlackBerry – which absorbed antivirus firm Cylance in 2019 – stitched together digital clues left by other researchers over the years to create a picture of a sophisticated group of hackers. BlackBerry also linked the group to mobile phone applications in the Apple and Google app stores. Those apps, which included a fitness tracker and password manager, may have helped the hackers track their targets, the report said.
Apple declined to comment on the record. Two of the apps flagged by Blackberry are no longer in the Apple App Store though. A Google spokesman said all the apps in the Google Play Store mentioned in the report had been removed.
Milam declined to comment on who he thought might be behind Bahamut, but he said he hoped the report would help to sharpen the focus