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September 15, 2015

Fla. Private Eye Charged With Cyberattack on Global Charity

A private investigator has been arrested for allegedly trying to infiltrate a New York-based international charity's computer network, Reuters reports.

A criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan says some 390,000 unauthorized attempts to gain access to the unidentified group's system in June and July were traced to Timothy Sedlak, 42, an investigator with a Florida firm called Surveillance Associates.

Prosecutors said the alleged attacks were launched from computers associated with IP addresses subscribed to by Mr. Sedlak, who was taken into custody Friday after Secret Service agents raided his home in Ocoee, Fla. According to the complaint, Mr. Sedlak told agents he was researching nonprofits to determine if any were unintentionally funding jihadist groups via charities in the Middle East, but he said he could not talk about alleged attempts to access computer networks because it was part of his job.