Three indicted for hacking into law firm's computer system

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A federal grand jury has indicted three Pittsburgh residents on charges of conspiracy to access a protected computer without authorization for hacking into a law firm's computers and taking personal information.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office announced Tuesday that Jonathan Cunningham, 28, and Alyson Cunningham, 24, husband and wife of Mount Washington, and Matthew James West, 20, of Esplen, were arrested and brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maureen Kelly for an initial appearance.

An FBI investigation found that Ms. Cunningham was fired from a job at an unnamed law firm, according to a news release. She, her husband and Mr. West then "hacked into the computer server at [the law firm] and installed software, which could be used to capture passwords of anyone on the firm's network," the release said. Mr. West, it said, gave the Cunninghams "personal financial information" on the law firm employees.

Mr. West, it said, has "identified himself as an associate of the computer hacking collective Anonymous."

The three defendants were released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

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