Report: Suspect in Madison cyberattacks arrested

Report: Suspect in Madison cyberattacks arrested
Randall Tucker

A suspect in recent cyber attacks against the city of Madison and Madison Police Department is in custody in Arizona.

Madison police confirmed that Randall C. Tucker, 20, of Apache Junction, Arizona, is a suspect in the cyber attacks that targeted public safety communications systems.

KNXV-TV in Phoenix reported that Tucker was arrested Thursday after a six-month investigation into allegations of computer tampering and hacking against Arizona government agencies that led to a search warrant. He’s jailed without bond.

The report states that Tucker had used the name “Bitcoin Baron” while committing the online crimes.

The Madison cyber attack happened March 9, a few days after the police shooting of Tony Robinson.

The city’s website and email system were affected. Internet-based connections to city government, including mobile data public safety computers used by law enforcement, fire and emergency medical agencies were also affected.

When asked about potential charges against Tucker related to the Madison attacks, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the attack is under investigation.