October 14, 2012 in City

In brief: Hackers steal city’s $400,000 through electronic transfers

 

BURLINGTON, Wash. – Police in the small northwest Washington town of Burlington say hackers have transferred $400,000 out of a city account.

The Skagit Valley Herald reported the money was electronically transferred to various personal and business accounts throughout the United States during a two-day period last week. The theft was reported Thursday by city officials.

City employees have been notified that personal information may have been taken as well.

Authorities say the transfers took place between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The hacked Bank of America account has been frozen now.

Police and the Secret Service are investigating.

Burlington is a city of about 8,400 people roughly 60 miles north of Seattle.

Man who tried to hire hit man writes death threat to judge

OLYMPIA – A man serving more than eight years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill a Thurston County judge allegedly sent the judge another letter threatening to kill her.

The Olympian reported 28-year-old James Randall Burnett faces charges of intimidating a judge and felony harassment later this month.

The letter was mailed to Thurston County District Court Judge Kalo Wilcox from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Dec. 9, 2011, two months after Burnett was sentenced for trying to hire a cellmate at the Nisqually Jail to kill her.

Deputy prosecutor James Powers said Friday the letter was reported to authorities last year. Several factors contributed to the long investigation.

Man sentenced to prison time for pirating Korean shows

SEATTLE – Federal authorities say an Everett man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for illegally copying and distributing Korean television shows.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle announced the sentence on Friday of 37-year-old San Jin Kim, who pleaded guilty in July.

Prosecutors say Kim ran websites that distributed pirated movies, television shows, software and workout videos that he marketed to the local Korean community and charged a fee to download.

He was also ordered to pay nearly $410,000 to the government.

Federal officials say they were tipped by somebody in Seoul, Korea, who said Kim’s Lynnwood-based company was illegally distributing copyrighted material.

Baby zebra named Kapuki arrives at Idaho Falls zoo

BOISE – An eastern Idaho zoo announced the arrival of its newest animal: a 90-pound zebra foal born last week after spending about 11 months in its mother’s womb.

Tautphaus Park Zoo officials in Idaho Falls are calling the striped equine “Kapuki,” which means first-born daughter in Swahili.

The Idaho Falls Post-Register reported Friday that the mother zebra is rested and has avoided post-partum stress so far.

Superintendent Beth Rich said Kapuki is Lil Sis’ first daughter. Her other two babies were males.


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