FBI agents are in the process of arresting five men suspected of breaking into computers in the Washington, D.C., area, the FBI announced Wednesday.
The suspects were arrested Wednesday and face multiple charges, including cybercrime and computer tampering, the agency said.
The suspects are expected to appear in federal court in the District.
“This is a first in cybercriminal cases,” the FBI said in a statement.
“FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force agents have made a significant arrest in cyber crime cases.
We appreciate the quick and proactive actions taken by our partners and the community to identify and stop these cyber criminals.”
The FBI says the men were allegedly involved in stealing money, medical records and credit card numbers from the computers of employees of the U.S. Postal Service, the U, and the D.P.C. The FBI says they also stole credit card information from employees of Verizon and AT&T.
The men were arrested by the FBI in the Seattle-area area.FBI Chief of Cyber Crime Andrew McCabe said the suspects were part of a larger cyber crime ring that targeted employees of both the Postal Service and the U’s Defense Department.
He said the FBI will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies to disrupt and disrupt the cybercrime network.FBI Deputy Director Robert Mueller said the agents arrested Wednesday are the first in the FBI’s six-year history to be arrested for cyber crimes.