An American staffer at the United States Embassy in London has been accused of running a sextortion scheme—amazingly, primarily from his heavily monitored, government-owned work computer. Despite this, the embassy’s network security protocol apparently failed to flag the man’s behavior.
The suspect, Michael C. Ford, was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on May 17 as he was flying back to London with his wife and son. The criminal complaint against him was unsealed the following day.
On Thursday, a federal judge in Atlanta set Ford’s bond at $50,000, despite the impassioned pleas by prosecutors for no bond at all, and ordered him to remain under house arrest in his own home in nearby Dunwoody, Georgia.
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