Pen test gone awry? Coalfire staffers arrested for burglary

News by Doug Olenick

Two Coalfire employees were arrested at a court house in Iowa, USA, as they conducted what they called an assessment on the building's security

Two Coalfire employees were arrested at a court house in Iowa, USA, as they conducted what they called an assessment on the building’s security.

The Des Moines Register reported Gary Demercurio and Justin Wynn were arrested early in the morning of 11 September as they were walking around on the court house’s third floor allegedly carrying a variety of burglary tools. The Perry News quoted a police report that upon arrest the men claimed "they were contracted to break into the building for Iowa courts to check the security of the building."

Coalfire confirmed that the two are company employees.

The Iowa Judicial Branch confirmed in a press release that Coalfire was hired to check for vulnerabilities in its electronic records, but the agreement "did not intend, or anticipate, those efforts to include the forced entry into a building," The Perry News stated.

A Coalfire spokesperson told SC Media that: Coalfire is a global cybersecurity firm that has conducted over 10,000 security assessments since 2001. We have performed hundreds of assessments for similar government agencies, and our employees work diligently to ensure our engagements are conducted with utmost integrity and in alignment with the objectives of our client. However, we cannot comment on this situation or any specific client engagements due to the confidential nature of our work and various security and privacy laws. Additionally, we cannot comment on this specific case as it is an active legal matter."

Wynn and Demercurio were charged with third degree burglary and possession of burglary tools and are expected back in the same court house on 23 September for a preliminary hearing.

This article was originally published on SC Media US.

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