A Donna man was arrested after allegedly chatting with Anonymous hacker group users and attempting to gain access to the official Hidalgo County administration website.
Fidel Salinas allegedly believed the website contained voter registration information, social security, personal identification and employee human resources and payroll information, according to documents obtained by Action 4 News.
In the criminal complaint filed in the U.S. Southern District Court, the FBI issued a warrant for Salinas TM arrest.
According to an FBI special agent dealing with cyber crime investigations, Salinas made a statement on his Facebook page directed at Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.
The court documents alleged that Salinas posted on his personal Facebook page, [Explicit] you corrupt officials and politicians, When someone tries to give you advice that your servers aren TMt secure and said person doesn TMt modify, access or download and redistricted information. I believe you say thank you instead of being afraid of what you don TMt know by getting an invalid warrant, arresting and wrongfully jacking all his electronics.
Salinas allegedly told federal authorities that if he had found something derogatory about Sheriff Lupe Trevino in the system, he planned on giving the information to authorities or publicized it himself.
Documents state that Salinas attempted over 14,000 times to log onto the Hidalgo County administration TMs website.
Administrators were unable to access the website for half a day and bandwidth was affected, according to the criminal complaint against Salinas.
The director of the Information Technology (IT) department estimated a $10,620 bill associated with the damages Salinas allegedly caused.
Multiple laptop computers, computer towers, external storage devices and other electronic devices were seized from the home Salinas was residing in.
Salinas was indicted by a grand jury for the alleged fraud activity, and his arraignment is set for October 10, 2013 at 8:45 a.m. before Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby.